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Investigation launched into deaths of Florida nursing home patients

17 September 2017, 01:11 | Terri Saunders

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Jeff Nova, whose 71-year-old mother Gail Nova was among the deceased, said he didn't have any information about what happened. He did not elaborate.

"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said.

We have five confirmed deaths at this facility.

"I am demanding answers", he tweeted.

Nursing homes are required to have generators in place that power life-safety.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association. North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the risky fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County.

The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38, AP reported.

At least six people died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement that three of the eight patients died at the facility and the others died at the hospital they were taken to.

"Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Dr.

Harrison on the Florida Health Innovation subcommittee which oversees legislation governing Florida nursing homes.

Hollywood police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon.

Attorneys with Leighton Law filed the emergency petition in Broward Circuit Court on behalf of the family of Albertina Vega, one of the eight people who died after a portable air cooler malfunctioned at the nursing home, located at 1200 N. 35th Ave in Hollywood. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

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Though the number of people with electricity has improved from earlier in the week, some 4.9 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power.

The nursing home has had a list of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running. The number of people remaining in shelters fell to under 13,000.

In Coral Gables, an apartment building was evacuated after authorities said its lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon.

"More than likely the heat did play a factor" in the conditions of the residents, Hollywood Fire Chief Christopher Pratt said. "That's exactly why we asked them to leave". "And we're not leaving".

A statement from the city indicated the facility still had some power. "You go, you check on them, you make sure they have water and food and that's it", he said.

At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 percent suffered some damage. They called 911. They said there's no air conditioning. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable. All residents have since been evacuated.

Defede said after the facility, which is across the street from a major hospital, called Florida Power & Light at 3:39 p.m. Sunday. "Right now I just want to figure this out", he said.

Authorities were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood just after 7:30 a.m., WPLG reports.

Bichachi, who quit over a year ago, said the AC would often stay out for two or three days and it would start to get hot.

Johnson said the nursing home didn't have any ice to give her friend, who was ignored by the staff.

The medical examiner has not yet ruled any of the deaths were caused by the conditions inside the facility - a determination that would be crucial to any decision about whether anyone would be charged in connection with any deaths.

"They were sick already".

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