Six People Died After A Florida Nursing Home Lost Power Following Irma

Postado Setembro 17, 2017

Hollywood officials say the city's Fire Rescue was first called to the facility at 3 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a patient in cardiac arrest.

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four buildings - are still without power in Florida.

At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, federal emergency management officials said, and 65 per cent suffered some damage.

Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday.

Bondi also said there have been 11,080 complaints about price gouging during and after the hurricane barreled through the state, leaving millions without power.

Police have started a criminal investigation into the deaths.

One resident died late Tuesday at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and was taken directly to a funeral home. There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with more than 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities.

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"FDLE has been on site providing assistance and will continue to provide any assistance requested by the Hollywood Police Department's criminal homicide investigators", Schenone added.

The governor's office said Tuesday "the facility reported to the AHCA [Agency for Health Care Administration] that they had power and access to fans and spot coolers".

The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, north of Miami, said in a statement on Wednesday that a "prolonged power failure" due to the hurricane had caused a transformer powering the facility's air conditioning system to fail.

Categorised as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, Irma killed more than 60 people, officials said.

Johnson, 83, said her friend was one those in the hallway.

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.

The governor's spokeswoman, Lauren Schenone, confirmed that the calls did take place and said that caregivers were instructed to dial 911 if they felt their patients were unsafe.

"We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives", Gov. Rick Scott said in the statement Thursday night.

"I'm a small business owner and they don't have power and that's probably the main pressing thing for me because without electric there, there are still perishable products in those stores", said Wallen. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida is at least 17 people now, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets people as he arrives to view Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Naples, Florida, U.S. September 14.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.