Florida Nursing Home where 12 Died, Now Closed 245 Workers Laid Off

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Police on Monday confirmed the 13th patient death linked to a Florida nursing home that overheated amid power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Cecilia Franco, 90, died in hospice at 3:45 a.m. Monday, according to family attorney Albert Levin.

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More than 100 patients were evacuated from the home on September 13 after three patients were found dead.

Hurricane Irma's official death toll in Florida stands at 69, almost a month after the storm pounded a south-to-north path through the state.

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Gov. Rick Scott approved an emergency order last month that would require all nursing homes to obtain generators and adequate fuel for their air conditioning systems by next month, though the Florida Health Care Association, the state industry trade group, has countered that the requirement is not feasible in that timeframe. "And to relive it is just God terrible". Cecilia Franco, one of the residents evacuated hours after residents began dying, was described by family lawyers as being in serious condition. Nursing home officials at the facility set up portable coolers and fans in response, and reached out to Florida Power & Light and called the governor's cellphone in the next two days.

In the days after the initial deaths, others died: Martha Murray, 94; Carlos Canal, 93; and Alice Thomas, 94, and Dolores Biamonte, 57. In addition to the Francos, the dead include: Albertina Vega, 99; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Manuel Mario Mendieta, 96; Gail Nova, 70; Bobby Owens, 84; Estella Hendricks, 71; and Betty Hibbard, 84. Check back for more information.

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