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Residents Dead In Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

Residents Dead In Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma”

MIAMI (AP) - The manager of a Florida nursing home where eight people died following Hurricane Irma has a history of health-care fraud accusations. The evacuation included 115 patients from the nursing home and 18 from a nearby behavioral facility.

But officials said they are anxious a new crisis could emerge when homeowners find their neighborhoods have no fuel, power, running water and other basic services.

"I think we're doing a good job in Florida", Trump said upon arrival in Fort Myers.

Firefighters and medics responding to an emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

The woman with the camera then goes out into the hallway, where a naked woman who appears to be sleeping or unconscious is slouched on a gurney. However, the nursing home itself does have power.

In all, 141 patients were evacuated from the facility.

The facility reported Tuesday that its fans and spot coolers were in working order, and that it had power, according to the statement.

Authorities are now questioning how the conditions at the nursing home lasted for so long.

Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues. In a statement, the county also said the nursing home reported that a tree was on a transformer. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been left without air conditioning, officials said.

The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities.

Florida officials have made restoring electricity to the millions who have lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers, many from out of state, are engaged in the huge effort. Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

Their ages ranged from 71 to 99, according to police. Storey said at the city's first news conference there were "a number of critical patients". The Center also had seven days of food, water, ice and other supplies, including gas for the generator.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81 on Thursday, including 38 in the United States, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands accounting for more than half of the fatalities.

He added: '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'.

The criminal investigation has begun by the Hollywood police, on the deaths happened in the Hollywood Hills' Rehabilitation Center, 1200 N. 35th Ave. "I have nothing", said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Keys town of Marathon on Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the gasoline station where Lopez worked. 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.

"Walking away from a boat - that is one of my family's main source of income - is very hard to (do), especially when you secure all your property and everything else knowing that you may not see it again", Barr told the TV station this week.

Without central air conditioning, residents were kept in hallways near the cooling units.

"She was a friend", Johnson said.

"She says, 'Jean, I can't breathe". "In fact, on Monday, Department of Health staff advised this facility to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that their patients were not safe".



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