As of 4:00 p.m., 15 people were decontaminated on-site and of those, seven were taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital and eight were taken to Mercy Hospital for additional evaluation. Two emergency responders, a three-year-old, and two pregnant women were included. Some of the patients were taken as a precaution and may not have had direct contact with the substance.
Fifty-six people are currently in the facility. The 54th Civil Support Team is there and plans to enter the building and take a sample of the unknown substance from the envelope. It will then be tested in their mobile crime lab.
The Beloit Police Department, Beloit Fire Department, Beloit Public Works, Janesville Fire Department, Rock County Emergency Management, and the FBI all joined the 54th Civil Support Team at the facility.
Several people reported burning eyes and noses after handling an envelope at the Beloit Area Community Health Center on Wednesday, prompting a Hazmat team to respond.
The Beloit Fire Department responded around 10:30 a.m. According to Beth Jacobson, assistant to Beloit's city manager, a man hand-delivered the envelope, which contained a powder, to the facility Wednesday morning.
A responding Hazmat team quarantined 60 to 65 patients and employees. Eleven people were decontaminated at the scene and taken to a hospital.
The incident is still under investigation.