Eight dead at Florida nursing home, governor pledges full investigation

17 September, 2017, 09:24 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Debris lies in floodwater caused by Hurricane Irma at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs on Wednesday

Widespread cell service outages are understandable in the Keys and other places that took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma's punishing winds.

He vowed to return to Florida.

President Donald Trump is making a political pitch for Republican Gov. Rick Scott while in Florida to survey hurricane damage from Irma. The chief said authorities have not ruled anything out in the deaths, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

Near Miami, a family of four was treated for exposure to the fumes from a generator outside of their apartment.

Officials had previously reported six deaths at the nursing home.

For older people living on their own, such as 94-year-old Mary Dellaratta, getting help can depend on the attentiveness of neighbors, family, and the local authorities.

Most of South Florida remains in the dark after Hurricane Irma, and with each day that passes without power, tragedies become more likely. "Potentially" more people could die, he said.

"Working side-by-side in the state emergency operations center throughout the hurricane and in its aftermath, our team has promptly flagged those facilities without power to the Agency for Health Care Administration so utility companies can prioritize the locations with the greatest need", FHCA said in a statement released Wednesday.

While detectives sought clues about the deaths, emergency workers went door to door to look for anyone else who was at risk.

Still, progress was being made.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting on Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

Even though threats can be grave to seniors staying in facilities in the path of a storm, evacuations also can be deadly.

Mr Sanchez said the deaths may be related to the loss of power during the storm. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". Those main feeder lines, we go after and attack and get them up and running. What are you going to do? And they didn't want to go back to shelters, where some of them said they had to sleep on cardboard boxes.

"We don't have specific numbers on the conditions of each of the patients involved", city spokeswoman Raelin Storey said. 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. In the hard-hit southwestern part of the state, Lee County schools Superintendent Greg Adkins announced classes will begin September 25 after most of the district's buildings received minor damage or worse. Three of the district's buildings needed extensive roof fix.

The facility was evacuated and at least a dozen residents were taken to a hospital down the street, which declared a mass casualty incident. More than 40 died in the Caribbean.

A criminal investigation is underway at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after medical staff called at about 4 a.m. Wednesday to report patients in distress.

The second floor of the Hollywood Hills facility was especially sweltering and is a focus of investigators, according to USA Today.

"Someone's got to answer for this".

Three patients died at the nursing home, and three others died Wednesday morning shortly after being transported to local hospitals. "Whoever was in charge, whoever was responsible, needs to be called onto the carpet for it". I mean nursing homes are supposed to have backup power and generators and have an emergency plan where they think about events like this. So this is a place called the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, and it's both a rehabilitation center and a nursing home - so long-term care and then some people out of the hospital. Sharief confirmed during a news conference that three residents died at the center and two died at the hospital. Others simply expressed bewilderment at the post.

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