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Gritman Medical Center sent into lock down after phone threat

Threatening phone message sends Gritman Medical Center into lock down.

Moscow, ID - At 4:15 p.m., officials declared the building safe and gave the all clear.

As of 3:00 p.m., KLEW News Palouse Bureau Chief Devin Trubey watched people going in and out of the hospital.

Anyone who needed access to the hospital was allowed in through the ER entrance, which was guarded by police.

According to the Gritman Medical Center Facebook page, the hospital was put into lock down as of 2:15 p.m.

It received an "unsubstantiated threat by phone this afternoon regarding the potential of a suspicious device at the hospital," the post said.

Hospital staff notified law enforcement and fire services which helped secure the facility.

Officials are conducting a coordinated search.

More from the Facebook post: "As a precaution, we have placed the facility on lock down while we determine the nature of the potential threat. All patients, visitors and staff are safe at this time. All emergency and other medical services are open to the public by using the Emergency Department entrance on Main Street. Additional security screening measures are in effect. "


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