COVID-19

As additional personnel return to the laboratory, FESS is working to support maximizing the distance between people on site to meet social distancing guidelines. Monitoring the density of occupants inside a building is critical to minimizing the spread of germs or viruses. For many buildings on the Batavia site, the occupancy density is monitored at the division level. If you work in  Wilson Hall, a new online tool is available to help manage workspace planning. The tool enables employees to…

The lab’s COVID-19 protective measures help protect us all. The main goal of a face covering is to reduce respiratory droplets that enter someone’s breathing space. Remember to wear a face covering in buildings and all government vehicles to reduce the amount of respiratory droplets that can deposit on potentially shared surfaces.

If you’ve wondered whether there was a way you could leverage your expertise and the lab’s resources to assist with a technological problem related to COVID-19, I have good news: The Department of Energy is now providing support for us to do just that. DOE has begun making funds available to national labs to help in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program capitalizes on the labs’ vast expertise to provide support for short-term tech transfer activities that could help outside organizations dealing with challenging technical hurdles.

From DOE, June 4, 2020: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions has announced new resources for innovators to combat COVID-19 through its Lab Partnering Service and the COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program. These initiatives will allow America’s innovators to readily access vital resources and connect and partner with experts at DOE’s 17 national laboratories in the fight against the virus.

From WGN9, May 27, 2020: Fermilab scientist Jen Raaf is featured in this four-minute segment on the Mechanical Ventilator Milano, which arrived to Chicago’s Stroger Hospital last week from Italy. Physicists have been troubleshooting the design at the hospital.

From University of Cincinnati News, May 26, 2020: Fermilab physicist and UC alumna Jennifer Raaf is part of an international team of scientists and engineers who won federal regulatory approvals for a simple ventilator that could be produced quickly with common parts.

From Company News HQ, May 18, 2020: The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is collaborating with organizations worldwide to develop, assemble and test innovative emergency ventilators to help provide relief to patients suffering from the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These include the Mechanical Ventilator Milano, a ventilator designed through an international collaboration of physicists, including Fermilab scientists, and government and industry partners.

From Industrial Equipment News, May 15, 2020: It’s an open-source ventilator made with off-the-shelf parts designed by the particle physics community.