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Break-in poses safety menace to Multnomah County Well being Division sufferers

ByEditor

Mar 18, 2023

The Multnomah County Well being Division started notifying over 2,000 sufferers Friday {that a} month-old safety breach could have put their private info in danger.

Somebody broke into the Gladys McCoy Well being Division headquarters in Previous City on the night time of Feb. 17 and the county notified police on Feb. 21 after discovering the housebreaking, county officers stated.

The suspect entered rooms within the McCoy constructing that contained paper information itemizing names, Social Safety numbers, addresses and make contact with info of sufferers who obtain care in Multnomah County, in line with the county.

The burglar additionally could have accessed worker monetary and private paperwork, investigators stated. The county reported a number of stolen objects, together with a laptop computer and consumer cellphones.

Investigators aren’t positive if the burglar considered or eliminated private information, however the county is figuring out sufferers who have been probably affected, officers stated in a information launch. They need to obtain letter notifications by subsequent week.

A county spokesperson stated officers don’t consider information from the Multnomah County STD Clinic, Tuberculosis Clinic or the Pupil Well being Facilities – all stationed within the headquarters – have been affected, and no different shoppers of different Multnomah County departments have been concerned.

In gentle of the breach, the county’s safety group did further coaching on how you can sweep the constructing for trespassers and when to inform authorities, officers stated.

Affected shoppers and workers can name a hotline at 1-800-939-4170 to ask questions or entry free id safety companies.

Portland police arrested 39-year-old Ruben Turner on Wednesday for allegedly breaking into the places of work, a Police Bureau spokesperson stated. He’s accused of two counts of second-degree housebreaking.

–Lisa Moreno; lmoreno@oregonian.com

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