All 115 patients from the rehabilitation center were evacuated to hospitals, officials said.
The causes of their deaths are yet to be determined, but indications are that they were related to the loss of air conditioning during the storm and in the days after. "It's a sad event". Broward County said the home alerted officials Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help. The complaint also seeks to protect all records pertaining to air conditioning equipment, hurricane preparation and procedures to monitor patients.
The first of the eight patients who died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had a do-not-resuscitate clause and died Tuesday, police say.
"We love these people - we're going to be back, and we're going to help them", Trump said during a walking tour of Naples Estates, a retirement community made up of manufactured homes nestled among the region's many golf courses. Its "overall rating", which includes staffing, fire safety and health inspections, was "below average".
Katz said so many patients needed assistance that his hospital, which is just down the street, called in more than 50 doctors, nurses and other staffers under a mass casualty protocol.
The first rescue crews responded to a call from the facility around 3 a.m. Wednesday, for a patient in cardiac arrest. Three other Cubans were killed in coastal provinces when they failed to heed evacuation orders and their homes collapsed.
Trump, who carried Florida with 49 percent of the vote in November, got 61.1 percent in Collier County and 58.7 percent in Lee County. A criminal investigation is underway by Hollywood police; officials with the facility said staff members are cooperating with it and other inquiries.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the center as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families. "To my knowledge we haven't received the personal effects to this point because the facility was turned into a crime scene", he said. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez immediately called it a "criminal" probe. The facility reportedly has a backup generator, so utility-supplied power shouldn't have been a consideration.
At a news conference, Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, said it serviced portions of the care facility.
On Tuesday, Trump added, "The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but unbelievable people working hard!"
"This facility was not listed as a top critical", Gould said.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, power remained out for almost 1.8 million electric customers in Florida, according to state numbers.
Elsewhere in South Florida, other alarms were sounded for older residents. "Potentially" more people could die, he said at the time, and the death toll has climbed by two since those remarks.
The Florida Health Care Association also released a statement calling the situation "a profound tragedy".
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 damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the USA mainland this year.