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Campbell County Health suffered from a ransomware attack


Campbell County Health (CCH) in the Gillette city of Wyoming became victim of a cyberattack early on the morning of Sep. 20, 2019, which has disabled the hospital systems as well as is preventing access to the patient information. By 2pm on Sep. 20, 2019, the CCH officials reported this cyber incident was ransomware, and the authorities were notified.


Campbell County Health reported that all of their systems were affected. Currently, there is no evidence that will suggest patient information was misused or subjected to any unauthorized access.


In a statement, the officials said that "Campbell County Health is very concerned about the security of information and the safety of our patients and employees. We understand the concern that the community has regarding this as well".


The Emergency Department, the Walk-In Clinic, and the Maternal Child (OB) department remained open irrespective of this cyberattack. Patients are continuing to receive the safe care, as officials said that they worked with the regional facilities in order to transfer patients in case CCH was not able to provide the appropriate care. The department of emergency remained open having their full staff during this event, so as to evaluate the care needs.


Moreover, Emergency Medical Services of the county has placed extra ambulances on call for serving the patients and meet the demand.


Officials said they have been working with the local, state, as well as federal authorities so as to address this ransomware; while the city officials, Campbell County Emergency Management, and Campbell County Commissioners are supporting Campbell County Health during the event.


The update as of Sep. 22, 2019, afternoon was the services are yet to be restored. Right now, it is not clear how this ransomware has been installed or whether the recovery of file is possible. CCH is unable to provide an estimate when the services will get restored.


The officials said in one of their statement that "our patients are our highest priorities. We understand this is inconvenient and disruptive. The investigation is ongoing, and we will provide updates when more information becomes available. We are working diligently to restore complete access to our services".


Regular updates about this attack and status of the patient services were being posted on CCH website.


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