Feds investigate computer virus at ARH hospitals

Lexington, Ky.-based Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia are operating under an emergency operations plan due to a computer virus currently being investigated by federal authorities, WSAZ reports.  

ARH spokesperson Melissa Cornett said the virus has limited the system's use of electronic web-based services and electronic communications, according to the report. ARH shut down all computers to stop the virus from spreading and is manually completing all paperwork.

Law enforcement was notified of the breach Tuesday. Whether the virus is a case of ransomware was not disclosed.

In a statement Tuesday Ms. Cornett said officials do not think patients' private information is compromised at this time, and ARH is continuing to work with authorities and computer experts to promptly solve the issue and restore operations. 

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