Among the state's almost 700 nursing facilities, about 150 lacked power as of Wednesday morning, said the Florida Health Care Association, which represents most of the homes. As a careful step, police are checking the other 42 nursing homes and helped living offices in the city of Hollywood, Sanchez said.
Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has a health inspection rating of "much below average" by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, which evaluates all long-term care facilities in the state for the USA government. Hurricane Katrina was followed by harrowing tales from St. Rita's nursing home, where dozens died. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes. "Memorial Regional Hospital, where many residents were taken, was in the top tier". After a third rescue call, around 5 a.m., the hospital's staff was concerned enough to walk down the street to check the building themselves.
Numerous death tolls from Irma's fallout vary, but officials say dozens in the U.S. and Caribbean have been killed by the storm. That includes a 57-year-old man struck by a tree limb during the storm in Calhoun Falls; a 54-year-old man who died in a mobile home because of carbon monoxide poisoning while a generator was running; and a man who died in a auto crash in Richland County.
"Officers are on scene and continuing a criminal investigation", said City of Hollywood spokesperson Raelin Storey Thursday morning during a press conference. Five more patients later died, presumably from heat-related complications.
Damage from Hurricane Irma had caused the facility to lose air conditioning, according to reports.
"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the state will stop them from providing care".
"To be suddenly out of that [air conditioning] - even if temperatures don't sound record-breaking - it may be an environment these people are not accustomed to at all", Sheridan said. A "mission-critical" request to restore power was made to Florida Power & Light.
According to the New York Times, Florida law requires nursing homes to be prepared for providing emergency power, food, water, supplies, and staff in an emergency.
Police and fire crews were in the process of evacuating 115 people from the care facility and neighboring Larkin Community Hospital. They have since been admitted to hospitals scattered across the region.
"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", he said in a statement. They ranged in age from 71 to 99 years old.
The longer the power stayed out, the greater the potential danger for older Floridians.
"Let the first responders ... do their job, and y'all can come back later".
Further up the coast, the cleanup effort continues in SC, where the state's utilities report that more than 63,000 customers continued to be without service Wednesday morning.
The SNF experienced a power failure after Irma swept across the state last weekend.
Flora Mitchell, 61, of Dania Beach, Fla., said her sister, Vonda Wilson, 58, has lived at the Hollywood nursing home since suffering a stroke 10 years ago.
Eight people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power.