Florida nursing home deaths : Police launch criminal probe after Irma

Carolyn Kaster  AP

Carolyn Kaster AP

This morning.in the wake of Hurricane Irma growing outrage over the death of eight patients at this sweltering Florida nursing home.

The lowest average temperature in Hollywood this week has been around 79F.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Scott announced the night before that he has directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as a Medicaid provider. The building has been without power for at least two days since Irma hit. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point".

SC governor Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state. "Nobody's telling us nothing".

WSBTV in Atlanta reports that the death toll from Hurricane Irma reached 23 on Wednesday morning.

As of Tuesday evening, 114 of Florida's nursing homes were relying on generators for power.

The account the nursing home executives provided to the Washington Post offers new details of the deteriorating conditions inside the facility. Memorial Regional Hospital is yards away from the nursing home.

Police have begun a criminal investigation of the deaths at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, 1200 N 35th Ave. He said at no time did the facility communicate any imminent threats to its patients.

"Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Dr.

"Remind them to drink", said Wein, who is also medical director of emergency medicine at the University of South Florida.

Larkin Community Hospital, which is adjacent to the retirement home, was also being evacuated.

"It may be related to a loss of power in the storm", Mr Sanchez said, adding that officers were checking in on 42 other assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city.

Families of nursing home residents can each their loved ones via a hotline set up by the hospital: 954-265-1074.

The Florida Health Care Association, an advocacy group for long term care providers, Thursday called the Broward County deaths an "isolated incident" and "not representative of the larger long term care profession in Florida". ABC News reported that 6.5 million accounts were without power by Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Not just my Betty but all the people", said Jean Johnson, who was friends with Betty Hibbard, one of the eight victims, for more than 60 years.

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