Health Care and Wellness

St. E’s Youngstown, Boardman Hospitals End Lockdown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An “all clear” has been called for lockdowns at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital after access was restricted in response to what a hospital spokesman described as a “nonspecific threat.”  

The threat was received around 10:45 a.m., said Jonathon Fauvie, public relations and communications manager for Mercy Health Great Lakes Group, which operates the Youngstown and Boardman hospitals. In response, hospital safety forces declared an external lockdown that ended around 1:20 p.m.

Fauvie could not provide further details regarding how the threat was received or the nature of the threat. 

“We do continue to serve patients needing emergency care,” Fauvie said in an email responding to a request for comment prior to the end of the lockdown.

Until the lockdown ended, no one was permitted to enter the building unless it was an emergency case or a family member accompanying an emergency patient. All arrivals were to enter through the hospitals’ emergency room entrances.

Beyond that, Fauvie described the situation as “business as usual inside the facilities.” 

Pictured: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

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