Eight dead at Florida nursing home, governor pledges full investigation

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"The fact is that this facility never called 911", said Mara Gambineri, a spokeswoman for the department. He also would not state how long and how much of the building was without power, saying it was part of the criminal investigation.

The nursing home was aware on Sunday that its air conditioning "ceased to operate effectively" and placed portable air coolers and fans throughout the facility, according to the moratorium, which was signed by Justin Senior, secretary for the health care administration.

"It was unnecessary", Bendetta Craig, whose 87-year-old mother was among dozens of residents safely moved from the center, told reporters on Thursday.

There are now no patients at the center.

Trump has approved a request from Florida for a disaster declaration ordering federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts.

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People who fled their homes in hard-hit islands including St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were all but cut off from the world for days arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, late Tuesday. "While our center did not lose power during the storm, it did lose one transformer that powers the air conditioning unit".

How many staff members stayed at the facility - and did that number include doctors? Memorial Regional Hospital is yards away from the nursing home. "Generally, we are treating dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe respiratory conditions, and we do have some critical patients".

The man listed in state corporate records as the manager of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills - where six deaths have been reported after an air-conditioning outage caused by Hurricane Irma - is no stranger to controversy. That person was taken to a funeral home. They did not say whether the facility had air conditioning when paramedics were called early Wednesday morning.

"In compliance with state regulations, the Center did have a generator on standby in the event it would be needed to power life safety systems".

Police said the residents' causes of death were not yet known, the Sentinel reported. Sen.

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When asked whether police responded quickly enough to a distress call, Sanchez said that there is dispute about when exactly the call came in, though he estimated that it was about 6 a.m. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Michel "has history of fraud charges".

In July 2015, Larkin Community Hospital issued a press release announcing it had won a bankruptcy auction and was taking over operations of the 152-bed Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, as well as other properties. As a precautionary measure, police are checking the other 42 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the city of Hollywood, Sanchez said.

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement.

Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.

Florida Power & Light spokesman Rob Gould said during a midday news conference he didn't know if there were calls about a need for power restoration at the facility.

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Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the us mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, took at least 82 deaths.

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