While hospital officials have yet to determine the cause, reports claim it is being investigated as a carbon monoxide leak. Operating and emergency rooms were evacuated.
Between 8 and 9 AM Friday morning, staff members in the hospital's operating room began feeling dizzy and nauseous.
Six patients were transferred to nearby facilities as a precaution, and new patients in need of emergency care are being diverted to other facilities in the region.
Numerous ambulances responded to Exeter Hospital where patients were triaged in the parking lot outside the emergency room. Credit Todd Bookman NHPR
A statement from the hospital said all other hospital wings were unaffected by the problem and running as usual.
20 patients are being treated on the scene. About 40 patients and some staff experienced flu-like symptoms after the odor was reported, the source of which remains a mystery, according to the Boston Globe. The latter was closed out of "an abundance of caution", she said. They are expected to remain closed until the cause of the incident is identified.
Crews are going through the operating room and emergency department one more time to check for any irritants.