Eight deaths at Florida nursing home sounding alarms after Irma


Pimentel says a medical examiner will have to determine a cause of death, but there were no obvious signs of foul play.

He said FPL works with Broward and all the counties in its territory to plan ahead of hurricane season and find out what facilities should get power first, which is a county decision.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 13 with the carbon monoxide deaths, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia.

"For me, right now, she is in peace with her husband", Fernandez said.

Of assisted living facilities, 193 were on generators, 1,978 had power, 182 reported being closed and 177 reported post-storm evacuations. "If you have a generator, please make sure you operate it safely".

Authorities in Hollywood, where police have opened a criminal investigation of the deaths, said Wednesday that investigators had found that the nursing home still had some power.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators.

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Last week, the storm killed at least 37 people in Caribbean islands, including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, St Martin and St Barthelemy, Barbuda, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

Nursing home officials blamed a blown transformer for cutting power to the air conditioning unit.

Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.

Book's bill also would require "a licensed nursing home facility to have adequate electrical equipment, an emergency power source, and a supply of fuel". Five patients died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a result of a failure in its cooling systems. Aerial footage showed other patients on stretchers and in wheelchairs outside the facility.

About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remained without power on Friday after Hurricane Irma, including 46 of Florida's almost 700 nursing homes caught in the deadly storm's path.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the center as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families. Although the deaths of those will come under Hurricane Irma's devastating effect, still many people believe that the unfortunate incidence could have been avoided. He added that calls to Florida Power & Light had not been returned. At least six people in Florida died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, and a Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.