Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Six Dead at Florida Nursing Home Left Without Power

Six Dead at Florida Nursing Home Left Without Power

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".

The causes of death are yet to be determined.

Florida's fits and starts toward post-Irma recovery have shifted to urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents after a string of nursing home deaths.

Craig said nursing home staff had assured her before the storm that they were prepared to safely shelter residents through the hurricane, and were equipped with generators, food and other necessary supplies.

"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but incredible people working hard!" the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday.

"That is a hard proposition", she said. "What we have been generally treating is dehydration, severe respiratory conditions and heat exhaustion".

A spokesman for the nursing home told CNN that officials had not seen the video, and if they had they would be precluded by law from commenting on it.

Jeff Nova, whose 71-year-old mother Gail Nova was among the deceased, said he didn't have any information about what happened.

"I've been there sometimes when it didn't", she said.

Dozens of the state's senior centers still lacked electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and several facilities were forced to evacuate. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about one in four Florida customers, were still without power Thursday.

The personal cellphone of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was called by nursing home officials at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills asking for assistance, the governor's office confirmed to ABC News on Saturday.

As of Tuesday evening, 114 of Florida's nursing homes were relying on generators for power.

With a moratorium in place and an ongoing criminal investigation, the residents of Hollywood Hills will find new homes at other facilities, said Storey. The state health care agency listed the center as among the lowest-ranked 20 percent of all nursing homes in Broward County.

On Friday, parent company NextEra Energy referred CNN to a statement on its website, that says, in part: "Because of the current investigations associated with these tragic events involving the nursing home, we are limited in what we can say". "It points to the need for having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation".

Tremblay, a Quebec City native, said she hopes those without coverage would have put money aside so they can face such a disaster.

Federal law now requires that nursing homes be kept between 71 and 81 degrees and have a backup power source in case of emergency.

Though the number of people with electricity had drastically improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

The firm is representing the family of Albertina Vega, 99, who was discovered dead at the facility by staff.

Retired nurse Flora Mitchell's 58-year-old sister Vanda Wilson has been as resident at Rehabilitation Center since suffering a stroke, which left her unable to speak or move, a decade ago.

"I never even knew a Category 5 existed", the president told reporters at the White House Thursday, at a reception following his return from Florida where at least 26 people have been killed by the massive storm, according to the Miami Herald.

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration gave the home a health-inspection rating of "much below average", the Miami Herald reported. National Weather Service revealed that the Temperature in Hollywood reached upto 32 degree Celsius on Tuesday.

-Melanie Evans contributed to this article.

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