Follow-up to NEW Center Incident

Dear NEOMED Community:

I want to thank everyone for their quick response and understanding today during the NEW Center evacuation. We are thankful that our Emergency Management Plan’s evacuation procedures worked as they should.

All facilities are open and have resumed normal operations. There is no known cause as to what made people in Summa Health and Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED feel nauseous. HAZMAT continues its investigation of the no longer present odor of concern. It seemed to come from a chlorine-like concentration that is regularly (about once a week) added to the waterfall at the entrance to the NEW Center.

We will provide more details if we learn more from Portage County HAZMAT. Again, thank you for your cooperation and patience!

Carolyn Lanier
Chief of Staff/VP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Office of the President

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