Irma: Florida nursing home loses Medicaid funding

Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.

The Hollywood Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation with the help of state, local and federal agencies. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

"It's a sad event", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference. These are special, special people and we love 'em.

President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, said the federal government is working to help Florida Keys residents secure shelter through rental assistance, hotels or pre-manufactured housing. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

At least six nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, according to a statement by city officials. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said. That patient was transported to a hospital, police said.

While some nursing homes reported difficulty reporting their status either by phone or on a web-based application used by state health officials, an AHCA spokeswoman said Thursday evening "at no time did Florida Health STAT, the state's reporting system have a breakdown".

Gov. Rick Scott's office released a statement Friday, saying the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had not reported that conditions at its facility had become risky for patients.

While a nursing home has been at that location almost 50 years, the Rehabilitation Center's name and registration are only two years old.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes. "People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you".

By Tuesday night, 99-year-old Albertina Vega would succumb in the suffocating heat of the facility's second floor - the first of eight residents who died.

"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said. "And we're not leaving". Sweat dripping from her for head, she said she'd been trying to get information from first responders to no avail.

"We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep our seniors safe during this hard time", he said.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said "things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it's not much damage to the houses".

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the hurricane roared in on Sunday with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

The utility refused to answer any specific questions about the case.

The remarks came after Trump praised federal and state officials for their response to Hurricane Irma as he visited Naples and Fort Myers on the state's southwestern coast.

"There is no reason whatsoever those individuals should have been in a home that hot for that many days", Flores said.

Flora Mitchell, a 61-year-old Hollywood resident, came down to the center to find her sister around noon Wednesday.

A quarter of the state started the fourth day after Hurricane Irma without lights or air conditioning as energy companies worked to restore one of the largest power outages in the country's history. "We don't know when FPL is gonna get us up".

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