Deaths at nursing home sound alarms after Irma

Deaths at nursing home sound alarms after Irma

Deaths at nursing home sound alarms after Irma

Eight patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath, authorities said yesterday, as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including tree-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.

Sanchez said the air conditioning at the facility was out, but it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida have died in Irma-related circumstances, many of them well after the storm had passed.

A state official eventually said they found a generator and gas, but it was not needed: The power turned back on.

The federal government's Medicare.gov website rates and provides basic information about nursing homes across the country.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.

That company owns The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had eight patients pronounced dead Wednesday.

Later Wednesday, officials in North Miami Beach evacuated 84 patients at Krystal Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after one of the generators there failed.

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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".

In Miami-Dade County, almost 442,000 customers had outages out of 1.1 million customers in total, according to Florida Power & Light. The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC. And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door in the 94-degree heat checking on residents and bringing ice, water, and meals.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Tomas Sanchez, the Hollywood police chief, said at a news briefing Wednesday. Some were in critical condition and taken to area hospitals.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

President Donald Trump plans to visit Naples, Fla., on Thursday to meet with first responders and residents affected by the storm.

The five women and three men ranged in age from 70 to 99.

An assisted living center that went without power for almost three days said that its efforts to run fans and keep breezes flowing between open windows could only go so far. Police are looking into why all residents weren't evacuated sooner.

Firefighters and medics responding to an emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot". But Hollywood Hills' 43-page plan, approved by the Broward County Emergency Management Division in July, makes no mention of emergency power.

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