6 dead at nursing home from Irma aftermath

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

On Wednesday, eight residents at a Hollywood nursing home died and 145 were evacuated as residents were stuck in sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning.

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Florida, and three others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, the city of Hollywood said Wednesday afternoon. Most of the deaths are believed to be heat related.

Some already had evacuated, she said, in some cases going to neighboring states that hadn't suffered Irma's widespread heavy winds.

Officials had previously reported six deaths at the nursing home. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend.

An individual handling air conditioning for the facility told WPLG that a fuse was damaged during Hurricane Irma, resulting in cooling issues for the past few days.

Even though threats can be grave to seniors staying in facilities in the path of a storm, evacuations also can be deadly. The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored. Police officials said other patients were in critical care.

Elsewhere, Irma has been blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia. The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC.

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills facility has been sealed off and police are conducting a criminal investigation.

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Fire rescue teams evacuated 122 people Wednesday night from two assisted living facilities near Orlando after the Orange County fire chief ordered firefighters to assess conditions of all elderly communities in the area. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Kennedy says 66 patients were transported by bus and 16 were picked up by family members.

After the outage, five women and three men ranging in age from 70 to 99 died at the Rehabilitation Center.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he is asking the secretary of health and human services to look into what happened.

As the state continued to piece itself back together, President Trump was due to visit Naples in southwestern Florida on Thursday. Three more residents were found dead on the second floor of the facility, and another was already with the coroner.

The incident prompted police to check on the 42 other nursing homes in Hollywood, which is located on Florida's Atlantic coast less than 20 miles north of Miami.

Broward County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The number of people in shelters across the state fell to less than 13,000.

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