Eight dead at USA nursing home hit by Irma

16 September, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Owner of nursing home where 6 died has history of fraud allegations

The Sun Sentinel reported that Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said authorities are conducting a criminal investigation of the deaths.

The Sun Sentinel quoted nursing-home administrator Jorge Carballo as saying The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities, and Sanchez confirmed a criminal investigation has been launched. As a precaution, police also evacuated another 18 patients who were in an adjacent health facility, and are checking on the other 42 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Hollywood area.

More than 100 residents were evacuated from the facility, Broward County Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Tim Keefe said at a news conference earlier Wednesday.

"Evacuating 133 people is quite an undertaking", said a police department spokesperson. The utilities have announced that power outage in some area could be extended for days, it could even extend for weeks. But after more deaths sparked new questions about conditions at the center, the body was claimed by the medical examiner.

"What we've seen is something extremely tragic", Mr. Gould said.

"Let the first responders ... do their job, and y'all can come back later", he added.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 15 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. Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.

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She said some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village were vulnerable and "we are concerned about their welfare". One person was found dead and three others were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in Daytona Beach, caused by fumes from a gas generator.

Irma killed at least 31 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and SC combined, authorities said. Local governments had begun evacuating elders from other long-term care facilities across South Florida that have lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma. That includes a 57-year-old man struck by a tree limb during the storm in Calhoun Falls; a 54-year-old man who died in a mobile home because of carbon monoxide poisoning while a generator was running; and a man who died in a auto crash in Richland County.

Most people said the nursing home was unbearably hot, although the facility had portable AC units running.

The nursing home has a poor record with regulators and is ranked as "much below average", with one-out-of-five stars on a federal nursing home ranking website.

Relatives of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills patients are asked to not go to the hospital to check on their loved ones, instead they should call (954) 265-1074 to check on them. Police used city trolleys to transport residents of Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to another facility, a spokesman said.

On Tuesday 6.8 million people remain without power in the steamy-late summer heat - about a third of Florida's population.

Nursing homes in Florida are required by law to file an emergency plan that includes evacuation plans for residents.

In Green Cove Springs, on the St. John's River just south of Jacksonville, many families need a canoe to get to their front doors.

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