Five dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power


According to Tomas Sanchez, Hollywood Police Chief, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has been sealed, and local police have started a criminal investigation after the death of the patients, BBC reported.

The death toll has reached eight at a Florida nursing home that lacked air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, and three agencies have launched investigations into the tragedy.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'". Federal prosecutors said that Michel received kickbacks as part of the deal and that some of the patients came from assisted living facilities that he owned.

Several people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from electric generators. Sanchez also said investigators will look into how many windows were open. Also, all nursing homes are supposed to let the power company know that they are critical facilities that are supposed to get top priority when the power goes out.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said.

When asked why the patients hadn't been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became unsafe, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, "We can't get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility".

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Johnson, junior from Pahokee, Florida, located approximately 95 miles from Miami, said his family evacuated to Atlanta, Georgia until the storm passed.

All 115 patients from the rehabilitation center were evacuated to hospitals, officials said. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

Checking the nursing home room by room, the hospital staff found three people who were already dead and almost 40 others who needed red wristbands, many of whom had trouble breathing. Three others died in hospital. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. He added that calls to Florida Power & Light had not been returned. The woman heartbreakingly told Mitchell her mother had died as a result of the power outage. Its "overall rating", which includes staffing, fire safety and health inspections, was listed as "below average".

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as younger people. Half of all residents are still without power in the state and about 110,000 people remain in shelters.

How hot did it get inside the nursing home?

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million.

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Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident. He said 32,000 homes and businesses in Hollywood were still without power. "We worked with them. And we're not leaving".

It barrelled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 215km/h and destroying 25 per cent of homes before sweeping up the Gulf Coast of the state and dissipating.

Fort Myers sits north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall over the weekend, though the area did suffer some damage. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.

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"There are various basic patients", Story said. The nurses were trying to help the patients. There was no air conditioning.

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