Five Dead at Florida Nursing Home After Irma Cut Power, Mayor Says


The Center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made. "This situation is unfathomable". The youngest victim was 70, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office. Exactly how the deaths happened was under investigation. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Altogether, more than 100 patients there were found to be suffering in the heat and were evacuated from the place, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning.

"It's a sad event", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference. "We know that's an important issue for people".

"Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe - especially patients that are in poor health", Scott said in a statement.

In Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, officials said there were eight deaths "due to or during Hurricane Irma" - though they cautioned some were of natural causes.

The nursing home fatalities brought Florida's death toll from Irma and its aftermath to 31. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been left without air conditioning, officials said. By that afternoon, five more had died. Patients were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related ills, authorities said.

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Was the center's backup generator capable of powering the air conditioning system?

As of Thursday, no one has taken responsibility for circumstances that led to eight Hollywood nursing home patients death.

The manager of the nursing home has a history of health-care fraud accusations. This facility recently received a "much below average" rating from a state agency.

"They're more susceptible to the heat", said Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich.

Outages had fatal consequences at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami. "To use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to this people in Florida". Utility officials warned it could take over a week for power to be fully restored. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.

Elsewhere around the state, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants. If there was criminal negligence, people should go to jail.

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"It's a team like very few people have seen", he said. "They haven't told us anything". "And we're not leaving".

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation.

"We're working very hard on that, and we have a lot of goods out there, a lot of water, food, a lot of everything", the president said. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, were still without power Thursday.

He added that the staff "diligently prepared for the impact of Hurricane Irma".

"I ordered a generator a few days ago online and paid a lot to have it overnighted to our home before the storm", Wolf said in his September 8 Facebook post. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", the governor said. "Nobody's telling us nothing".

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