December 8, 2023

A Code Black was declared following a reported bomb threat made at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday morning.

According to the hospital, around 11:15 a.m., an individual contacted the hospital with a bomb threat.

As per the hospital’s emergency procedure, a Code Black went into effect. Police were notified and attended. A perimeter lockdown was also initiated. Patients were still able to access the hospital only through the emergency department and are being screened prior to entry, the hospital stated.

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“While we have no evidence to verify the threat, we do have a responsibility to take all threats seriously,” the hospital stated.

Around 12:10 p.m., the Peterborough Police Service stated their investigation determined the “threat was unfounded.”

“There is no concern for public safety,” police stated.

In an update just before 1 p.m., the hospital stated police were conducting a complete search of the building. Patients and family members were advised to delay visiting the hospital.

“The current assessment by the police is that there is no immediate risk to hospital staff or patients,” the hospital stated. “The perimeter lockdown continues to be in place for incoming patient and visitor traffic. Patients are permitted into the building only at the emergency department and are being screened at that entrance.”

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At 2 p.m., the hospital announced the perimeter lockdown had been lifted and “normal activities have resumed.”

“Our thanks to patients, families and the people of our community for patience, cooperation and support as we have worked to respond to and resolve this situation,” PRHC stated.

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