Five dead at Florida care home after hurricane cuts power

The eye of Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017

"I am absolutely heartbroken to learn of news reports of the deaths of multiple individuals in a nursing home in Broward Count, he said".

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning".

It is not yet clear whether the elderly residents died from heat exhaustion or another cause. Florida Light and Power has been called for several days to fix the issue, but crews have not yet been able to come to the home.

City officials in Hollywood, Florida, said the nursing home had continued to operate with little or no air conditioning after power to the building was disrupted by Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida on Sunday. Workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.

Harrison is on the Florida Health Innovation subcommittee which oversees legislation governing Florida nursing homes. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power. The group was working on a precise count. The air condition company Airstron went in there, and they tried to fix it, but they couldn't. They don't sweat as much and they are more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

Homebound seniors were also a concern. Three patients were found dead the facility and others were found there "in need of immediate transport", officials said. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". The deputy was overcome by fumes while approaching the home and called for fire rescue. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do".

Power outages also remain an issue in the Jacksonville area. Utility officials warned it could take over a week for power to be fully restored.

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Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

People who fled their homes in hard-hit islands including St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were all but cut off from the world for days arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, late Tuesday.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time", Police Chief Tom Sanchez said.

Rob Gould, the company's vice president and chief communications officer, said this facility was not designated as a priority by the county.

"Someone's got to answer for this".

Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida over the weekend. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. By the afternoon, five more had died.

The Governor's Office says the call was returned by someone from the state Department of Health and that the nursing home was told that if they had anyone in distress they should call 911 for help. Gov. Rick Scott addressed the progress during Trump's visit. "If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

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