Friday, January 27, 2023

[UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Lockdown Lifted] Willits Hospital’s Emergency Room on Lockdown This Evening— Law Enforcement on Scene


Details are thin at this point, but we have confirmed that the Emergency Department of Howard Hospital is locked down at this point and law enforcement is on scene.

Adventist Health spokesperson Adam Istas told us the lockdown is specific to the emergency department and the rest of the hospital is currently open.

Istas could not speak to the cause of the lockdown, but told us, “The lockdown is in place out of caution and to minimize traffic flow in the ER.” 

As to the duration of the lockdown, Istas said he expects it to be lifted “within an hour.”

When asked whether current patients at Howards Hospital have reason to be concerned, Istas said, “None whatsoever.” 

Istas said he would follow up with us to confirm the lockdown has been lifted.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Adventist Health spokesperson Adam Istas reached out to inform us the lockdown has been lifted.


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