UPDATE: Bomb threat affects Hayward, Ashland hospitals

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The threat has passed after bomb threats were sent to Hayward and Ashland hospitals Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say both hospitals received threats in the early afternoon hours by e-mail.

According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, they were informed of the bomb threat around 12:43 p.m.

Kevin Stranberg, the Director of Stratgegy and Patient Experience for Ashland Memorial Medical Center, says they received threats around 1 p.m.

In responding to the initial threat, the Sheriff’s Office reports that a suspicious package was located in a resident’s room in the assisted living portion of the hospital building. An area around that room was evacuated, but it was determined that package posed no threat.

In Ashland, Stranberg says the building was placed on lockdown from 1:30 until about 4:30 p.m., and management checked to make sure there weren’t any suspicious packages.

Ashland Memorial Medical Center was not evacuated, and Stranberg says a K9 unit from Duluth came to check the area.

Stranberg did not know whether the bomb squad was called in.

According to Stranberg and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the emailed threat may be associated to the numerous similiar types of bomb threats throughout the United States and Wisconsin.

Hospital officials in Hayward told KBJR 6 there will not be increases in secuirity Thursday night. They will, however, have their standard security presence on site



After the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge received a bomb threat Thursday afternoon, hospital officials say they believe the threat has passed.

According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, they were informed of the bomb threat around 12:43 p.m. Authorities say the threat was sent via email to the Hayward hospital.

In responding to the initial threat, the Sheriff’s Office reports that a suspicious package was located in a resident’s room in the assisted living portion of the hospital building. An area around that room was evacuated, but it was determined that package posed no threat.

According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the emailed threat may be associated to the numerous similar types of bomb threats throughout the United States and Wisconsin, including Ashland Memorial Medical Center.

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital officials told KBJR 6 there will not be increases in security Thursday night. They will, however, have their standard security presence on site.

 

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HAYWARD, WI — The Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge is one of many facilities across the country to receive a bomb threat Thursday.

The Hospital posted around 3 p.m.Thursday afternoon that the facility is taking every precaution necessary to protect their patients, residents, tenants, family members and staff.

The Sawyer County Sheriff is investigating the incident.

Stay with KBJR 6 as we continue to learn more about this developing story.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sawyer County Record

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