MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Computers are applications are coming back online at Ruby Memorial Hospital and clinics throughout Morgantown following major issues on Tuesday caused by a virus or malware.
As many as 200 Information Technology staff members have been working around the clock since the issue was detected early Tuesday morning. At one point on Tuesday, about 3,600 of the more than 14,000 computers throughout the hospital and its outpatient centers were affected. Hospital spokesperson Amy Johns said it a statement that almost all hospital and clinical applications should be returned to normal by the end of the day.
“Patient information and employee information has not been compromised,” assured Johns. “This is not an attempt to steal data. There is no indication that any data has left the building. It just appears that it was malware or a virus.”
The hospital is operating as usual today and the emergency department is no longer on diversion. Some clinic appointments had to be cancelled Tuesday afternoon because imaging systems were down.
Hospital officials have not released any specific information on the type of virus that spread throughout the system but said they are working with the authorities to determine the source of the disruptions.