6 dead at nursing home after Irma knocks out air conditioning

6 dead at nursing home after Irma knocks out air conditioning

6 dead at nursing home after Irma knocks out air conditioning

At least eight people are dead and 100 more have been evacuated from a Florida nursing home after the facility lost power and temperatures soared to over 100 degrees inside. "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 believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm. We're conducting a criminal investigation inside. Details on the remaining deaths were not immediately known.

Three of the deaths happened at the facility and two others happened as the patients arrived at the hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference Wednesday. The other three deaths occurred at or en route to a hospital, police said.

A total of around 115 residents were moved out of the retirement home, which has been without air conditioning for days, according to officials.

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

A caseworker named Ed, who declined to give his last name, came to the facility Wednesday morning to check on his 80-year-old dementia patient.

"I don't know that there is a ideal way", she said.

Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williams told The Associated Press a deputy responded to the the home following a 911 call from what sounded like a juvenile. An official from Memorial said that the healthcare network was helping with evacuating people from the rehabilitation center, which is not part of the Memorial system, and will take some to their other hospitals in the region. Rescue workers found a portable gasoline generator running inside the home.

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Nursing home regulators, during 2014 and 2016 inspections, cited Hollywood Hills for violating regulations regarding generator maintenance and testing, along with other safety code issues such as fire protective construction around exits.

In addition, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated after breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

In Coral Gables, an apartment building was evacuated after authorities said its lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants.

Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks.

"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but wonderful people working hard!" the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and no fewer than three different agencies are trying to find that out.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population.

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