Unknown substance at medical center sends multiple people to Hawkins Co. hospital


HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) –  Hawkins County Memorial Hospital President Rebecca Beck confirmed that nine patients were brought into the hospital Wednesday afternoon and all have since been discharged.

Beck said the patients were taken through a decontamination process where the patients’ clothing was removed and sprayed.

Some of the symptoms patients were having included headaches and nausea.

Linda Buck, CEO for Rural Health Services, said patients also were showing signs of heart palpitations, along with headaches.

Buck said the medical center evacuated and said they hope to be reopening on Thursday.

Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said Kingsport Fire Department’s HAZMAT team checked for any toxic chemicals and they have given an all clear and have deemed that everything is safe.

Nelson said they “checked for certain chemicals and gases and any toxicity levels and everything right now is clear so whatever went in there must have came out.”

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