Probe opens into 8 deaths at Florida nursing home

Probe opens into 8 deaths at Florida nursing home

State officials, utility executives and the Rehabilitation Center spent Wednesday trading blame over why and how its patients were left to endure such conditions, even though state and federal regulations require nursing home residents to be evacuated if it gets too hot inside.

While the causes of their deaths were not immediately clear, the entire facility was evacuated due to the cooling issues.

Memorial Regional Hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday, said Dr.

U.S. Southeast utilities said on Thursday they restored power to nearly two-thirds of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving about 2.8 million of those customers without electricity.

"It's a sad event", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference.

According to a White House transcript, a reporter asked: "Mr. President, the severity of these storms - the one in Florida, the one in Texas - has that made you rethink your views of climate change?"

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy.

Workers at the facility say Hurricane Irma caused the air conditioning to fail Sunday and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice. He declined to answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside.

President Donald Trump couldn't resist injecting a dose of politics into his tour of storm-damaged Florida on Thursday, saying Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing such a good job with the recovery effort that he should run for the Senate. "In fact, on Monday, September 11, Department of Health staff advised this facility to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that their patients were not safe".

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said the center had contacted the county's Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to alert that it had lost power and the incident was then reported as a "mission-critical request" to Florida Power & Light for power restoration.

Harrison is on the Florida Health Innovation subcommittee which oversees legislation governing Florida nursing homes.

Power outages continue to plague the state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Hurricane Irma's furious march through Florida not only darkened millions of homes, it also flooded roads, piling them with debris and blocking off access to neighborhoods.

"As of this morning, we were informed that approximately 64 of the state's 683 nursing facilities do not now have full power services restored". In central Florida, power may not be restored until next week.

The family spent the night in the hotel, paying about $200, after several hard evenings without electricity in their condominium north of downtown. "It is just senseless", she said. "We're supposed to be on a priority list, and it doesn't come and it doesn't come, and frankly it's very scary". "He wants to stay". The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon. Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia.

Irma wreaked total devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died.

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