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Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Criminal probe opens into 8 deaths at Florida nursing home after Irma

Criminal probe opens into 8 deaths at Florida nursing home after Irma

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is pictured in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017.

The lowest average temperature in Hollywood this week has been around 79F.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

"If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Scott's statement said.

"This facility was not listed as a top critical" by Broward County, Gould said.

As of Tuesday evening, 114 of Florida's nursing homes were relying on generators for power. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point".

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.

"We're certainly all very disappointed that something like this could've taken place", Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy told CNN. Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services.

The nursing home's licensee is Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, LLC, which is owned by a doctor named Jack Michel. As families gathered outside of the nursing home to wait for news about their loved ones, Mitchell was approached by a woman whose mother had stayed in the same room as Wilson. Residents had been temporarily evacuated when the storm lashed South Florida, but they came back around the time the electricity went out.

Officials were investigating a number of deaths believed to be related to the storm, though it was not clear whether Irma was directly responsible in every case.

Relatives who have family members in the facility have started to gather outside the two-story gray building that is situated among a cluster of medical facilities and hospitals.

Police officers have been assigned to check the other 42 assisted living facilities in the area "as a precautionary measure", Sanchez added.

"As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation", the Florida Health Care Association said in a statement Wednesday.

Rehabilitation Center officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Almost 3.8 million power customers in the state still lacked service early Wednesday as the mammoth effort to restore electricity in the often hot and humid region continues.

Huge swaths of the Sunshine State are living in darkness as the clean-up begins and utility companies draft in workers from as far as Canada to help fix the damage.

There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with over 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities.

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