FREMONT (KCBS) – Increased security measures are now in place at Washington Hospital in Fremont, following the recent discovery of some suspicious materials there.

A high security alert is in effect, which means that anyone who enters the medical center is subjected to increased security screenings.

“Several days ago, items were found at the hospital. Those items were stored for several days,” said Sgt. Jeff Campbell with the Fremont Police Department. “They were then examined by security personnel there, and there was concern about the objects. They then notified us yesterday.”

Campbell said that after consulting with the FBI, they determined the items did not contain any explosive material, so the bomb squad was not called in.

In a statement, the hospital said “The safety of everyone who enters the Hospital, including our patients, visitors, caregivers, physician, staff and volunteers is our highest priority. As a result of recent security-related incidents, Washington Hospital is on high security alert. This means that anyone entering a hospital building is subject to increased security screenings, including the inspection of all personal belongings. Washington Hospital leadership and its security staff are working closely with law enforcement. Until the investigation is complete, no additional details related to the investigation or information related to additional enhanced security measures, which are both seen and unseen, will be released at this time.”

Some nurses, who did not want to be identified, told KCBS that they have some concerns. “It is scary because you never know,” said one nurse.

Fremont police said they do not know if the suspicious items were a bomb hoax or totally benign.


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