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Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma

17 September 2017

Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG.

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

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said this week the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with the utility for status updates on when repairs to the transformer would be made.

"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable", he said.

At mile marker 74 on Lower Matecumbe Key, where the open section ended, military Humvees could be seen moving further south to join the federal state and local authorities trying to assess the damage and provide relief.

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The five women and three men ranged in age from 70 to 99. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained almost a week after the powerful storm hit. As of Wednesday morning, power had been restored to all five, Director of Marketing Terri Maus said.

At a later news conference, Sanchez said one of those facilities was evacuated because of the heat. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population".

A statement released by the Florida Health Care Association, which represents 81 percent of Florida nursing homes, says 150 out of 700 facilities in the state now do not have power. More than 40 died in the Caribbean.

At least 100 people were evacuated from the facility and an adjacent hospital.

One person was found dead and three others were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in Daytona Beach, caused by fumes from a gas generator.

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"Most of the patients have been treated to respiratory distress, dehydration, heat-related issues", Katz said.

Florida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm faced lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family. County officials released documents showing the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. Federal prosecutors said that Michel received kickbacks as part of the deal and that some of the patients came from assisted living facilities that he owned.

Senior citizens were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers on Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat.

Nursing home officials said they told Scott they needed "immediate assistance", but did not hear back from the governor.

Early previous year Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills only had a temporary generator and couldn't describe plans to replace it with a permanent generator, according to records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Miami Herald also reported that the center has a "much below average" health rating and a "below average" overall rating, which combines assessments from staff, fire safety, and health inspections. The nursing home was asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said in the center's statement. The hospital is literally right across the street from the nursing home. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe - especially patients that are in poor health. We're going to have to continue to work the issue.

8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma
Scott and others have questioned why and how the deaths occurred, wondering why it took so long for the nursing home to call 911. Other seniors were treated for dehydration, difficulty breathing and other heat-related illnesses.

Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma