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Hospital Hazmat Scare
CORRECTION: Authorities say the substance was ingested, not injected.
AMSTERDAM -- St. Marys Hospital Emergency Department was evacuated Monday afternoon when police say a woman walked in and injected herself with an unknown liquid, a sample of which let out a suspicious odor.
HazMat crews were called to the scene. Hospital officials could not immediately confirm the police report, but said the woman was receiving care following the incident.
We were concerned we couldn't identify that. We called in our emergency management team, which is all of our leaders who have been trained in incident command, said Jerri Cortese, Director of Community Relations for St. Marys.
Patients in the emergency department were quickly moved to other parts of the hospital and ambulances were redirected to other hospitals. Cortese said no one else was injured and the rest of the hospital continued to function as normal.
Around 10 p.m. State Fire officials were able to determine the substance, but the information was not released to the public. Cortese does not believe the woman had a malicious intent for entering the hospital and was unsure if the police were conducting an independent investigation, although several officers were on scene.
Part of the emergency department will remain closed for cleaning. Cortese expects it to reopen Tuesday morning.