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But Scott's office defended the governor's actions, saying the facility never reported "that conditions had become unsafe". Bill Nelson next year. "These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein. and it hasn't happened".

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said in a statement on Wednesday. "We know that's an important issue for people". We're conducting a criminal investigation inside.

The New York Post reported those who died were Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84 and Albertina Vega, 99.

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".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was "absolutely heartbroken" over the deaths, calling the situation "unfathomable". "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale.

The office also provided background material that the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills "reported into the state's facility status monitoring database 17 times since Thursday, Sept. 7". Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers. That person was taken to a funeral home. Randy Katz, medical director of the hospital's emergency department.

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.

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"Right now the building has been sealed off".

Before the hurricane hit Florida, family members called the facility to find out about the plans for before and after the hurricane.

Josh Levy, the mayor of Hollywood, said he urged mayors and county commissioners across the state to urge residents to check on elderly neighbors in their communities. CEO Jacob Solomon said the group encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now they're focused on helping them in their homes.

The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the United States mainland this year.

"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", Scott said in a statement.

A criminal investigation by Broward County law enforcement in underway into the deaths at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, including whether they were heat-related or from carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

After spending hours meeting with people on the French side of the shared French-Dutch island of St. Martin earlier, Macron promised to compensate those who had lost homes and livelihoods and to rebuild a more diversified economy.

And at the 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door to check on residents and bring ice, water and meals.

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