Hospital officials did their own digging and handed what they uncovered to police after a false threat was made toward Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
The hospital’s chief operating officer told police that nearly 1,300 employees received a text at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday warning of a “code black,” which is a bomb threat.
After determining that it was false, the chief operating officer called the company they use to send out the alerts and found the IP address was from outside of the building.
According to a police report, the alert came from an employee’s account, but they believe that someone was able to gain access to it and only meant to send the text to that employee.
The report states that the system is used for multiple texts throughout the day, and employees were worried that more erroneous messages may be sent out.
The hospital released the following statement Thursday afternoon about the threat:
Tuesday morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. a false text message alert was sent to hospital personnel. The cause of the false alert is being investigated. Staff responded timely and appropriately and there was no disruption to patient care or hospital operations. An all clear alert was issued at approximately 4:00 a.m. shortly after the false alert was sent. This was an isolated incident that is currently under investigation. Security measures have been taken to ensure this does not happen again.”