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5 Dead After Evacuation of Florida Nursing Home: Mayor

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

The deaths, which prompted a criminal investigation Wednesday, were what many feared might happen after Irma knocked out power for millions of people in Florida, a state known for its omnipresent heat.

Some already had evacuated, she said, in some cases going to neighboring states that hadn't suffered Irma's widespread heavy winds. For nursing homes, this plan is required to be submitted and kept on hand by county emergency management officials.

"The loss of these individuals is a tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these residents", Florida Health Care Association said in a statement.

As hundreds of thousands remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, a South Florida community on Wednesday awoke to devastating news of an increased death toll.

It gave The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a for-profit facility with 152 beds, an overall rating of "below average".

As a precautionary measure, Sanchez said he assigned officers to check the other 42 nursing homes throughout the city to make certain they're properly taking care of the elderly. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenues, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

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Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks. 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. Several others were hospitalized in critical condition.

In Hollywood, Fla., where temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s through the end of the week, authorities were called early Wednesday to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a nursing home not far from Fort Lauderdale with a troubled history.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Wednesday that Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99, had died, the Sun Sentinel reported.

7SkyForce HD was over the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate those in the nursing home.

Gail Matillo, president and CEO of the assisted living industry group Florida Argentum, said Wednesday that most of those facilities had their power restored. Three more residents were found dead on the second floor of the facility, and another was already with the coroner. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. At least six people in Florida died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.



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