ROCKINGHAM– FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital- Richmond was on lockdown, a spokesperson confirmed late Thursday night, but the lockdown has since been lifted.
The lockdown was called after a patient at the emergency department claimed to have opened an envelope containing an unknown white powdery substance, according to Emily Sloan from the public relations department.
“The patient brought the envelope to the hospital,” she said. “As a precautionary measure, the hospital locked down the facility, opened its Command Center and contacted law enforcement.”
Sloan added that the hospital was on ambulance diversion and was restricting all visitors.
The Rockingham Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Emergency Management were all on-site at the hospital, according Sloan.
“The patient who presented to the Emergency Department is in good condition.”
The substance and materials were identified as non-hazardous according to Sloan. A Fayetteville Hazardous Materials team tested the substance and declared an all clear around 10:30 p.m. this evening.