Dead At Nursing Home In Florida Following Hurricane Irma

Trevor Jackson
September 14, 2017

"Don't think just because this thing passed, you can run home".

"As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation".

Police have now opened a criminal investigation into the deaths as the nursing home scrambles to evacuate the remaining 115 patients.

Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia. Irma killed 36 people in the Caribbean before heading to the United States. Police public information officer Brian Andrews said residents were being moved from the facility, which has no air conditioning, to another using city trolleys.

Those on the west coast, where Hurricane Irma made landfall, will likely have power restored by September 22, according to the company. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable. When residents of the lower Keys are finally allowed to return they will find nearly total devastation.

A state official eventually said they found a generator and gas, but it was not needed: The power turned back on. She said her sister could not talk or walk. "This acquisition represents another step in the evolution of our hospital into an integrated delivery system", Michel, identified as Larkin's president, said in the press release.

For many of Irma's victims, the days ahead are likely to be soggy, sweaty, dark and discouraging. The storm has presented risks and challenges for the elderly population in Florida, where about one in 5 residents are age 65 or older.

Officials say they were called to the nursing home early Wednesday morning shortly after 4 a.m. for someone having a heart attack.

"We are directing a criminal examination (and) not precluding anything as of now", Sanchez said at a question and answer session Wednesday.

Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said.

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Another 18 patients in a neighboring behavioral wellbeing office are additionally being emptied, Story said.

"They were sick already". The nursing home remains without power due to Irma. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

Calls to the owner and other officials at the home were not immediately returned.

The entire facility -which has two wings- was evacuated.

According to Hollywood Fire Rescue and police, 120 people were evacuated from the building, which was turned into a veritable oven without air conditioning. "A little stress free environment", said Kalin Weckwerth.

"A number of people were in respiratory and other distresses", said Sanchez.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

Michel is a licensed medical doctor in Florida but now is not practicing in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The storm also cut off power, water and sewage to the islands, which are home to some 70,000 people.

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