Six dead after Irma knocks out air conditioning at Florida nursing home

Six dead after Irma knocks out air conditioning at Florida nursing home

While detectives sought clues to the deaths, emergency workers went door to door to look for anyone else who was at risk.

Following Irma, however, temperatures in Florida got hot and humid. Workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles. "We're supposed to be on a priority list, and it doesn't come and it doesn't come, and frankly it's very scary".

The storm has been blamed for 59 deaths so far - 38 in the Caribbean and 21 in the US.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as those of younger people. He said he called the FedEx customer service number and was told FedEx had suspended operations in Orlando already in advance of Irma.

Calls to the owner and other officials at the home were not immediately returned.

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

The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the U.S. - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.

A total of eight people died at the elderly home, prompting questions as to who was responsible for the deaths and how, exactly, the tragedy occurred. Homebound seniors found help from charities, churches and authorities.

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

At 4 a.m., firefighters were sent back to the facility to transport a patient reportedly experiencing breathing problems, police said. A deacon from her Roman Catholic church also stopped by. "So I hope he runs for the Senate".

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The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news. Facility's been w/o power for several days because of hurricane.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges. "People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended and the number is a very small number, which is a great tribute to you".

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet.

Meanwhile, the state made urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". What are you going to do? "Because you know they're trying to make sure they have the power to take care of their citizens". Her 58-year-old sister had been here 10 years.

The nursing home fatalities brought Florida's death toll from Irma and its aftermath to 31.

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were believed to be heat-related.

A timeline of events issued by the nursing home shows administrators repeatedly called Florida Power & Light and state officials after a transformer powering its air conditioning system went out during the storm on Sunday.

Over 100 people were evacuated from the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday after days without air conditioning.

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Fla., and three others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, said officials in the city between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. By the afternoon, five more had died.

"Facility administration is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

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