SAWYER COUNTY -- The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office has issued a press release regarding the bomb threat in Hayward today.

(Press Release) -- On 12/13/18 at 12:43 p.m., the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a bomb threat that was sent via email to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.   Sawyer County Deputies responded to the scene, assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Town of Hayward Police Department and the City of Hayward/Town of Hayward Fire Departments.   A Duluth Police Department EOD K-9 was requested as well as the Marathon/Oneida County Bomb Squad.

A suspicious package was located in a resident’s room in the assisted living portion of the hospital building.   A wing of the building in the vicinity of the resident’s room was evacuated.   Hospital video surveillance was reviewed, indicating that family members of the resident left the package in the room.    With the assistance of hospital staff, Deputies made contact with a family member of the resident, who verified that she and other family members previously left the package in the room.    

After the Duluth Police Department EOD K-9 arrived, the K-9 and handler did a precautionary check of the suspicious package.  The EOD K-9 did not alert on the package and the package was determined to not be a threat.   The Marathon/Oneida Bomb Squad was then cancelled.   The hospital campus was then pronounced all clear, no known threat.

This incident may be associated to the numerous similar types of bomb threats throughout Wisconsin and the United States.   This incident remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. We will cooperate with other state and federal law enforcement agencies to see that the person or persons involved in these incidents are brought to justice.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the assisting law enforcement agencies, fire departments and Hayward Hospital staff for their assistance and professionalism during this incident.

There is no further information at this time.

Sheriff Douglas Mrotek


Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge Receives Bomb Threat

SAWYER COUNTY (Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge) -- Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department has cleared the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge of the bomb threat. Nationwide many schools and medical facilities received bomb threats earlier today. Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge went into immediate lockdown. Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department and area fire departments responded to access the situation and help secure the building.

As of 4:00 PM on Thursday, December 13, 2018, all services have resumed and we are accepting visitors. Our Urgent Care Clinic is also open until 10:00 PM and all other appointments and clinic services will resume on Friday, December 14, 2018.


Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge Receives Bomb Threat

SAWYER COUNTY (Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge) -- Nationwide many schools and medical facilities have received bomb threats. Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge is one of these facilities. We are working with Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department and they are working with the FBI.

Because this is a nationwide threat we believe the likelihood of a serious event is reduced, but we are taking every necessary precaution to protect our patients, residents, tenants, family members and staff.

All appointments have been cancelled for the remainder of the day in every area including Urgent Care, Orthopedic Services, Radiology, Rehab Services and Infusion Therapy. The Essentia Clinic-Hayward and Northlakes Clinic are also closed. We are on lock down, but patients with an emergent need should present to the front door of the hospital, all other individuals will not be permitted to enter.

Additional information will be provided as available and when clinic services resume.


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