Manager of nursing home where 8 died has been charged before

Manager of nursing home where 8 died has been charged before

Investigators probing the deaths of eight residents at a South Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning amid ongoing power outages following Hurricane Irma said that at least one of them died Tuesday, several hours before authorities say they were alerted to a crisis at the facility early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters and medics responding to a Wednesday emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

Friday afternoon, the state's Agency for Health Care Administration said conditions at the facility present a threat to the safety of residents and it suspended the nursing home indefinitely from taking patients paid for by Florida Medicaid. Their deaths are being investigated as criminal homicides, and the nursing home has been closed.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed three people were pronounced dead at the facility.

Hamilton from Jon Hamilton reported that, "The suspicion is that these deaths should not have occurred".

The Florida Division of Emergency Management estimated around 3.7 million accounts were still without power as of noon Wednesday.

President Trump on Thursday traveled to storm-ravaged Florida and applauded how "very few people" had died in Hurricane Irma - which has claimed almost 70 lives in the United States and across the Caribbean.

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"Well, we've had bigger storms than this", Trump said while on board Air Force One en route to Washington, after viewing the damage from Hurricane Irma, which hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, in southwest Florida.

Residents at The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills fell ill following days without power.

Trump also praised Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who supported his presidential campaign, and said Scott should run for the Senate when his second gubernatorial term ends in 2019. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable". The nursing home was one of them. Police are going to the 42 other assisted living facilities in the area to check on those other residents. The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored.

More than 6 million people were evacuated from their homes in Florida, and they have slowly begun to return, even as roadways remain littered with debris, homes lack electricity and traffic signals have gone dark.

The deeper south you drive into the Florida Keys, the worse Irma's destruction gets.

But most of the surviving patients were treated for "respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency medical director, Dr.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement that the facility was evacuated Wednesday "due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane". Broward County, where the facility is located, had said that the nursing home contacted local officials on Tuesday morning to say that they had lost power.

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