As Power Goes Back on in Fla., Dangers Persist After Irma


The Center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

The eight deaths happened at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Governor Scott has asked first responders to check in with healthcare facilities in their area and "make sure nursing homes and assisted living facilities are able to keep their residents safe". State emergency managers said the number of outages dropped to 1.9 million homes and businesses. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population".

Fire and rescue teams were first called to the facility at about 3am for a patient reported in cardiac arrest, and firefighters returned an hour later for a resident with breathing difficulties, the city said.

"Florida's long term care facilities and entire profession of caregivers join in expressing our deepest sorrow for the families of the residents who lost their lives earlier this week at one location", the statement said.

Including the nursing home deaths, at least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed that five people died, but she noted that it's unclear if it was related to the heat.

"It's unacceptable, inexcusable, no reason whatsoever for anybody to have died in the way those eight individuals did", she said, but she warned about seeking the easy fix.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood centre a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.

Scott said if investigators find the facility was not meeting the state standards of care, they will be "held accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

Imagine Wolf's surprise, then, when a FedEx worker in his personal vehicle showed up at Wolf's home about 7 p.m. on September 8 with several generators stacked in his auto. Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81 on Thursday, including 38 in the United States, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands accounting for more than half of the fatalities. They don't sweat as much, they are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat, and they are more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

Almost a week after Hurricane Irma walloped Florida, the recovery mission picked up momentum as more people had electricity and schools made plans to reopen. The hospital is literally right across the street from the nursing home.

Here are a few numbers that have been tallied since Irma made landfall last week. Officials said it could take at least 10 days to fully restore power. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

Taylor has a capacity of 700 residents in multiple buildings over more than 20 acres.