1 dead, 30 evacuated at Hollywood nursing home

Tricia Pearson
September 14, 2017

Officials have not released the names of the victims, but the cousin of one of the victims identified her as 99-year-old Alvertina Vega. "As a precautionary measure, we've assigned police officers to go check all the other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city to make sure they're in sufficient care of the elderly".

One person has died in a Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that has no power.

Daytona Beach Fire Department officials said on Twitter that a generator was running inside the home early Wednesday.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the five deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related.

Altogether, more than 100 patients there were found to be suffering in the heat and were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

Administrators have so far not responded to STAT's calls or emails regarding the criminal investigation or prior inspection records. He did not elaborate. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said. The other three deaths occurred at or en route to a hospital, police said.

Some 5.8 million homes and businesses were still without power in Florida and nearby states late on Tuesday, down from a peak of about 7.4 million on Monday.

Irma has also been blamed for the death of four people in SC and two in Georgia.

Irma wreaked total devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died. County officials said calls for help started coming in beginning at 4 a.m., and that most came from within the facility itself.

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Florida governor Rick Scott said the state's top priorities are getting fuel delivered to gas stations and turning the power back on for those affected.

Meanwhile, in Texas, family members of residents living at a Port Arthur nursing home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey are taking legal action against the facility.

Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", he said a statement. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respitory issues.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he spoke with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to get to the bottom of the tragedy.

It is not yet clear whether the elderly residents died from heat exhaustion or another cause.

The 152-bed rehab center provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website.

Carruthers, who lives in Key West, said her house built in 1889 lost shutters but sustained no other damage. His skin was fragile with multiple bruises and scratches on both arms and he was unshaven. Several other residents are reported to be in critical condition.

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