Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes

Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes

Dozens of nursing homes continued Thursday to lack electricity or had been evacuated because of Hurricane Irma, as the state grappled with the deaths of eight residents of a Broward County facility that did not have air conditioning.

But state records revealed a variety of problems at the center.

City officials said eight others died.

The Rehabilitation Center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

"We are devastated by these losses", Carballo said. "We are fully cooperating with all authorities and regulators to assess what went wrong and to ensure our other residents are cared for".

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The nursing home eventually evacuated all of its patients Wednesday morning at the order of the responding crews.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

In all, 141 patients were evacuated from the facility.

Three residents died in the facility and five more perished at the hospital or on the way.

"FPL has got to have a better plan for power", he said, referring to the state's largest utility, Florida Power & Light. When asked by emergency workers whether they had any medical needs or emergencies, center officials "did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Sharief said. It said on Tuesday nursing home workers made repeated calls to FP&L, which had not fixed the transformer.

Hurricane Irma is expected to be one of the mostly costly storms in history with losses estimated at US$20 billion to US$65 billion, including up to US$50 billion in the USA, according to risk modelling software company AIR Worldwide.

By 10 p.m. Monday the center said five more calls were made for help.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'".

"The Hollywood Police Department has been granted a search warrant for this property", Raelin Storey, the city's public affairs director, said at a news conference outside the nursing home Thursday morning. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

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The nursing home has a history of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016.

Lawmakers submitted legislation requiring generators at adult living facilities and nursing homes.

"They're more susceptible to the heat", said Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich. "At what point is it enough?" said Hollywood, Florida, Mayor Josh Levy.

Irma, which slammed into Florida over the weekend, was one of the most powerful storms to ever crawl out of the Atlantic. But they didn't anticipate they would still have to fight the intense heat with fans and portable air conditioner units.

The governor announced in a news release Wednesday night that he's directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to issue an emergency moratorium for the facility, preventing it from admitting new patients indefinitely.

Three agencies have launched investigations into how this happened, but many questions remain unanswered.

"I don't know what to do".

Mainly, however, he sought to highlight the work of federal, state and local agencies, which have received praise for their coordination amid trying circumstances.

But Johnson said she never thought her friend would die.

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A day earlier near Orlando, firefighters helped relocate 122 people from two assisted-living centers that had been without power since the storm.

"She said, 'It's very hot in here, ' and the staff said, 'Yes, it is, '" Dean said.

"I've been there sometimes when it didn't", she said.

"She was sitting in front of a blower, and she nearly cried", Johnson said of Hibbard. "How am I going to last here?" she said, as a tear rolled down her cheek. "She was absolute a true friend".

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