Nursing Home Where 8 Died

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Officials at the nursing home said they called the power company when the air conditioning went out, but the county hadn't listed it as a top priority. Police officers are conducting welfare checks at 42 other nursing home and assisted living facilities across Hollywood.

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four buildings - are still without power in Florida.

Jeffrey Nova said he learned of his mother's death Wednesday morning from a reporter who got his name and contact info from a nursing home employee.

A woman went to check on her parents at about 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and shot a 34-second video of a fan running in their room with a window cracked on the second floor. It does not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

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

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement saying he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees. Another 18 are being evacuated from Larkin's behavioral health services facility Wednesday.

Eight people have died after a Florida nursing home and long-term-care facility apparently lost air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and police have launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in United States history.

Officials said the executive action brings Florida's elderly care facilities up to the same standards as hospitals across the state, and will remain in place for 90 days while the state continues to recover from the devastating storm, which has still left nearly 975,000 customers without power.

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"At any point in time they could have evacuated anyone they thought was in danger", she said Saturday.

"It's the worst. It's politics", former state Rep. Dan Gelber said. But the most important thing is the safety more than 3.6 million senior citizens who are suffering from power failures and sweltering temperatures in Florida.

The deaths are under investigation.

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of the patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Scott said in a statement.

"Most of the patients have been treated to respiratory distress, dehydration, heat-related issues", Katz said.

Its highest storm surge, 10 feet (2.5 meters) was on Florida's southwestern coast and caused some of the worst flooding in northeast Florida, Georgia and SC.

Broward officials said that the nursing home was in compliance with state and federal rules that require an evacuation plan.

"We did have staff come in today, but it just made more sense for us to not have students with so many of our schools without power".