Police in Hollywood, Florida, are investigating the deaths of eight nursing home patients after Hurricane Irma damaged the facility's air conditioning system, subjecting its residents to the sweltering September heat.
The home is directly across from a hospital.
Authorities were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood just after 7:30 a.m., WPLG reports. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent.
"I think we're doing a good job in Florida", Trump said in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters after landing in Fort Myers. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".
Later, Scott directed AHCA to issue an emergency moratorium for the facility, prohibiting it from admitting any patients until the order is lifted. "This was not one of them, unlike Memorial Regional Medical Hospital across the street, which is in service".
This storm grew so immensely powerful over warmer-than-normal Atlantic water that it devastated the first islands in its path.
The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess the damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland this year.
A state inspection report in February 2016 cited the facility for failing to comply with regulations for emergency generators. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates such facilities, says there are 683 nursing homes in the state with more than 84,000 beds.
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City officials described the interior as "excessively hot", despite portable air coolers and fans that, according to state records, had been placed throughout the facility. He is also the president of Larkin Community Hospital, which has campuses in South Miami and Hialeah.More news: 48 teams kick off Europa League with Champions League aim
"Dr. Jack Michel in 2006 settled claims after he and five others were accused of agreeing to send patients to his Miami hospital, Larkin Community, for unnecessary treatment, according to the Department of Justice". Officers had removed a roadblock on US 1 that was posted just south of Florida City on Monday, opening up for those who live in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
"Parts of the facility itself were energised by FPL, I can't give you anything more specific than that at this point", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference, referring to the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. A deputy at the checkpoint said they were trying to keep people safe.
Carvelli found staff members proactive after they evacuated his mother.
But as Trump's comments about Scott suggested, politics wasn't far from the surface in Florida, the largest and most pivotal state in recent presidential elections.
"I want to thank everybody", Trump said. "I never had to wear a coat in there ever". "They haven't told us anything".
The first rescue crews responded to a call from the facility around 3 a.m. Wednesday, for a patient in cardiac arrest. One resident already was dead when police got a call about someone having a heart attack.
Police said the building was sealed off and a criminal investigation is underway. "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected", the Sun Sentinel quoted Carballo as saying.
A Florida nursing home where eight people died after Hurricane Irma left the facility without power has had its Medicaid healthcare funding suspended. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. "We are working with everybody", Trump said.
Officers searched the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where a nightmare unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Irma.