Dead At Nursing Home In Florida Following Hurricane Irma

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood Fla.									Jason Henry  The New York Times

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood Fla. Jason Henry The New York Times

Hurricane Irma's furious march through Florida not only darkened millions of homes, it also flooded roads, piling them with debris and blocking off access to neighborhoods.

A criminal investigation is now underway into what exactly happened Wednesday morning.

Most of the patients treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat-related issues, officials said, and about 12 of the 115 patients are in the emergency room.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also ordered emergency workers to check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure residents are safe.

"We're looking into the temperature inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility, and all the conditions inside the facility in the hours leading up to this situation", Hollywood city spokeswoman Raelin Storey told a news conference on Thursday.

However officials say the older care facility is not part of the Memorial Healthcare System. Authorities are now reporting death toll at 31, while more than 2.5 million Americans still don't have access to power. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery. Five others died in hospital.

All of the center's patients and residents have been evacuated, the release said. Police officials said other patients were in critical care.

Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. "You see people immediately getting back to work to fix up their homes".

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Florida. A state inspection report in February 2016 cited the facility for failing to comply with regulations for emergency generators. Over 8,000 people are still in general population shelters throughout the state, with another 4,000 in special needs shelters.

Johnson added that if Hibbard had been at home, she would've called 911 but since this was a nursing home she said she didn't want to "overstep" and stayed out of their way.

Officials warn it could take upward of 10 days for power to be fully restored. Rescue crews went door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals. "And we're not leaving". Bill Nelson next year.

"The President's action during these times demonstrate why he's a true leader who can bring the country together and get things done for the American people", Sanders said.

Authorities estimate 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65% sustained major damage.

"Things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it's not much damage to the houses", said Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers.

US President Donald Trump visited Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane yesterday, praising first responders for their role in limiting the loss of life. After that, he is going to Naples to visit victims impacted by the hurricane.

The nursing home staff used fans in the sweltering heat, the residents are suffering in the heat. The nurses were trying to help the patients.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

She said some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village were vulnerable and "we are concerned about their welfare".

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