Six Florida nursing home residents die in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Six Florida nursing home residents die in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Six Florida nursing home residents die in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

The issue burst to the forefront again Wednesday with news of eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where workers say Hurricane Irma caused the air conditioning to fail, and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice.

Some residents were evacuated on early Sunday morning and some woke up feeling sick at the center, which had been without air conditioning, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said.

Including the nursing home deaths, at least 25 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

Information on the state Agency for Health Care Administration's website said the nursing home's current license was effective July 17 and expires July 16, 2019.

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 us mainland this year. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend.

Utilities in the southeast USA have restored power to almost half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving 4.3M customers representing ~9M in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas without power as of midday today.

The rehabilitation center is located across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship facility of the Memorial Healthcare System and one of the largest hospitals in the state.

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents a lot of them. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenues, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

Elsewhere, Irma has been blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia.

FPL has said earlier this week that the company prioritizes restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communications centers, water treatment plants, transportation and shelter.

President Donald Trump was due to visit Florida on Thursday. Details on the remaining deaths were not immediately known.

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

City spokeswoman Raelin Story said 115 seniors were evacuated from the nursing home, and some were in respiratory distress, the Sentinel reported.

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