Rubio, Nelson say feds should look at Hollywood nursing home

Rubio, Nelson say feds should look at Hollywood nursing home

Rubio, Nelson say feds should look at Hollywood nursing home

Firefighters and medics responding to a Wednesday emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

A criminal investigation has been launched into the deaths of eight patients at a Florida nursing home in Irma's aftermath. However, the nursing home itself does have power.

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents majority.

Popular with retirees, Florida is home to more than 680 nursing homes, which house about 73,000 residents, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Staff also "continually checked on residents' well-being" to ensure they were "hydrated and as comfortable as possible", Carballo said.

As of Wednesday morning, a WSVN helicopter was above the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate people from the home.

Officials on the ground say it could take at least one week before the Keys is reconnected with that world. It shouldn't be up to administrators in nursing homes to make those judgment calls. Three others died in hospital.

In remarks to Fox News' "America's News Headquarters" show, Bondi said the Broward County State Attorney's Office "are all over" the investigation into the troubling deaths amid widespread power outages.

In Hollywood, the Rehabilitation Center said the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

"Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, & heat- related issues", doctors said during a news conference.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

Florida Power & Light said it had provided electricity to some parts of the Hollywood nursing home but that the facility was not on a county top-tier list for emergency power restoration.

The president said his administration is "trying to keep them as happy as we can under the circumstances".

Hollywood police later tweeted that they had evacuated 158 patients to local hospitals. They have since been admitted to hospitals scattered across the region.

Attempts by Reuters to reach an official of the for-profit Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills home by phone and email were unsuccessful.

The longer the power stayed out, the greater the potential danger for older Floridians. "You want to come back to a sewer system that works".

More than 2.6 million people were still without electricity yesterday, according to the authorities, four days after Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a powerful Category Four storm.

About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remained without power on Friday after Hurricane Irma, including 46 of Florida's almost 700 nursing homes caught in the deadly storm's path.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has a health inspection rating of "much below average" by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, which evaluates all long-term care facilities in the state for the USA government.

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