Wright-Patt hospital ER shut down due to ‘unknown substance’

Exterior of Wright-Patterson Medical Center Thursday, July 24 in Fairborn. Mike Burianek / Staff

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Exterior of Wright-Patterson Medical Center Thursday, July 24 in Fairborn. Mike Burianek / Staff

The emergency room at the medical center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was temporarily closed today due to an employee being exposed to an “unknown substance,” a spokeswoman said.

Around 11 a.m. today, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base emergency personnel responded to a call about an employee who was exposed to an unknown substance, said spokeswoman Marie Vanover. The incident occurred in base building 4042.

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The employee was taken to the emergency room at Wright-Patterson Medical Center and the ER was closed for less than two hours “in the interest of caution,” Vanover said. The employee was evaluated and released from the hospital, Vanover said.

Today’s incident comes just a few weeks after an active shooter scare occurred at the base hospital on Aug. 2 during which one member of the base’s security forces suffered minor lacerations.

Shots were fired by base security personnel to breach a locked door during the Aug. 2 incident, which is under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. A review board ordered by Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, is also evaluating the response to the Aug. 2 incident.

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