Friday, 22 September, 2017

Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Six deaths at Florida nursing home without power since Irma Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power
Angelica Greene | 14 September, 2017, 00:48

Broward County officials said three died at the property on 1200 N. 35th Ave., which includes the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and the Larkin Community Hospital.

7SkyForce HD was over the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate those in the nursing home.

The people who died Wednesday in South Florida were part of a death toll that, while relatively low compared to other massive storms, has slowly climbed in recent days.

It's not yet clear what conditions prompted the evacuation. He did not elaborate.

Kerting Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Memorial Healthcare System, which runs four hospitals that received the evacuees, said staff were "assessing patients and tending to the health-care needs of the residents".

Five people died in a nursing home left without air conditioning.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were killed in Irma-related circumstances, in some cases during the cleanup, well after the storm.

Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia.

Officials said 18 additional patients from a second adjoining facility were also being relocated due to the investigation, though these patients were "not medically compromised".

Some 25% of homes on Florida Keys, the set of islands off the state's southern tip, are estimated to have been destroyed.

Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074.

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Millions of people in Florida and other southeastern states lost power due to Irma, making the hurricane the worst weather-related power outage in USA history.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", he said a statement.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez said.

At the time, Michel was investigated by a plethora of agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Inspector General, the Florida Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"This is an inexcusable tragedy that frail patients would die of heat exhaustion without it being recognized and taking them to the hospital next door", Nelson said in a statement.

Police say rescue crews were called to the nursing home just after 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to CBS News, an estimated 21,000 Floridians are still in shelters.

The 152-bed rehab center provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website.

The Rehabilitation Center's emergency plan was not immediately released by the state. But she said when factors are constantly changing, it's impossible to have a plan that addresses every variable. His skin was fragile with multiple bruises and scratches on both arms and he was unshaven.

Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage.

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