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Hospital back to normal after bomb threat

Patients and visitors to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg were asked to use the hospital’s north entrance today following a bomb threat Monday morning that put the hospital in lockdown for two hours, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mercy’s Kathleen Nickel said today there have not been any developments in the case.

She said the Roseburg Police Department received a phone call at about 6 a.m. indicating there was a bomb at the hospital. She characterized the threat as “vague,” but said officials decided to take the threat as credible.

Roseburg police and Mercy staff searched the building and did not find anything of concern, Nickel said.

A Roseburg police spokesman said Monday afternoon the department had no further information to release.

During the two-hour lockdown, visitors were unable to enter Mercy to see patients, but Nickel said the hospital was back in regular operation around 9 a.m., with heightened security throughout the day.

The bomb threat did not impede patient care, she said.

This version of the story appeared Monday on nrtoday.com:

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg remained on heightened security this morning following a bomb threat that put the hospital in lockdown for two hours, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Mercy’s Kathleen Nickel said the Roseburg Police Department received a phone call at about 6 a.m. indicating there was a bomb at the hospital. She characterized the threat as “vague,” but said officials decided to take the threat as credible.

Roseburg police and Mercy staff searched the building and did not find anything of concern, Nickel said.

During the two-hour lockdown, visitors were unable to enter Mercy to visit patients, but Nickel said this morning the hospital was back in regular operation.

“However, we will have increased security throughout the day,” she said.

Nickel said patients will be directed to use the building’s north entrance.

The bomb threat did not impede patient care, she said.

Efforts to reach a Roseburg police spokesman were unsuccessful this morning.


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