At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home After Irma

At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home After Irma

At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home After Irma

Some residents were evacuated from the facility early Sunday morning and some reportedly awoke sick at the center, which had been without air conditioning for a few days.

Across Florida, 4.4 million homes and businesses still have no power.

In a tweetstorm announcing the new measures, Scott said that he would "aggressively fight" to codify the new emergency rules into law within the next year. Sanchez said precautionary checks would be done on Hollywood's 42 other nursing homes. Causes of death have not been released for that person or any of the others who died at the facility.

Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".

Cristina Bichachi, the former business development director at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, told the Associated Press that the air conditioning went on the fritz "many, many times" during the three years she worked there. Dozens of hospital workers prepared a command center outside the building and gave red wristbands to patients with critical, life-threatening conditions and yellow and green ones to those who were in better conditions.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", the statement said.

The eight elderly patients who died at a Broward County nursing home have not yet been included in the death toll.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement saying he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees.

Four victims died after being evacuated to Memorial Healthcare System facilities, city officials said.

Categorised as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, Irma killed more than 60 people, officials said. Sweat dripping from her for head, she said she'd been trying to get information from first responders to no avail.

"At 5:34 p.m. (the Rehabilitation Center) called the governor and wasn't able to get a response", Defede said. With temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, three million people remained without power in the state, according to CNN. "This situation is unfathomable", he fumed in a statement. Also yet to be determined is how long these vulnerable people - either residents or recovering from surgery - were left in such stifling heat and, most important, why. The utility did not arrive until Wednesday after some patients began experiencing health emergencies, prompting evacuation of the center, according to a timeline provided by the nursing home. "In fact, on Monday, September 11, Department of Health staff advised this facility to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that their patients were not safe".

But most of the surviving patients "have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Regional Memorial Hospital spokesman Randy Katz told reporters.

At least 25 people died when Irma pounded the Southeast earlier this week, including 12 people in Florida.

Almost half of Florida was engulfed by Irma, which left flooded streets, damaged homes and displaced residents in its wake.

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