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Hurricane Irma, nursing home patients die

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Eight nursing home residents died in Hollywood, Florida, where oppressive heat & humidity
set in after Hurricane Irma knocked out much of the power in the area.
The Broward County medical examiner has yet to determine whether all eight deaths are
heat-related.Detectives are looking into whether the nursing home broke any laws. “We are …
not ruling anything out at this time,” Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said of the
The facility’s air conditioning system was not fully functional, the facility was excessively
Fire crews first responded to the facility at 3 a.m. Wednesday & answered another call at 4am.
Three bodies were found on the second floor.it was excessively hot on the second floor.”
Temperatures reached into the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday, heat index was near 100 degrees.

“I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,”
Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.
Scott’s statement said Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of
Children and Families also have launched investigations.
“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.

The nursing home has had a list of safety violations and citations, including two for not
following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016.