RICHMOND (WRIC)—Bed bugs invaded Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital over the weekend, causing its emergency room to shut down.
Hospital staff told ABC 8 News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh that the bed bugs were found on a patient in the emergency room waiting area. Once the discovery was made, patients in the adult ER were moved to the pediatric ER. All were offered showers.
Ricky Price was at St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon to visit his mother, who has been a patient at the hospital for three days.
"Yeah, I looked over my shoulder once or twice to make sure [the bugs] wasn't on my clothes and stuff when I walked outta there," Price said. "It was kind of stunning; we don't want to be involved with bed bugs, but we didn't hesitate to come and see her."
Price says he was never worried about his mother coming in contact with bed bugs.
"Once they said [they] exterminated everything and got everything cleared away, I'm pretty sure they had everything taken care of," he said.
Price says St. Mary's handled the situation very well.
"They made everybody aware of it by putting it on the news and letting everybody know what was going on here," Price said. "They didn't just let people walk in in the blind."
A hospital spokesperson says the incident was confined to one area of the hospital. That area has since been treated by an exterminator and was reopened within hours.
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