Faulty AC may have factored into deaths at Florida nursing home

5 dead at Florida nursing home without AC after Irma, others evacuated

'Unfathomable': Eight die in Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma

Stepped-up safety checks came after the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders even as they surveyed destruction from a storm that spread its punishing effects across the entire state.

The city first "became [aware] a crisis was unfolding at the facility after multiple calls in the early morning hours" Wednesday, city spokesperson Raelin Storey said this morning.

"The suspicion is that these deaths should not have occurred", NPR's Jon Hamilton reported from the scene Wednesday. The calls started at 5:34 p.m. Monday.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said.

A criminal investigation is underway by Hollywood police; officials with the facility said staff members are cooperating with it and other inquiries.

Bichachi, who quit over a year ago, said the AC often shut down for two or three days at a time, baking the air in the 152-bed facility.

A third call later came in as well, police said.

The loss of life at the nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, brought the overall death toll from Irma to 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island, accounting for more than half the fatalities.

Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said Wednesday: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator".

"She was sitting in front of a blower, and she nearly cried", Johnson said of Hibbard.

"Repeatedly, I was told that our case was being escalated to the highest level", Anderson said. "I never had to wear a coat in there ever". The state health care agency listed the center as among the lowest-ranked 20 percent of all nursing homes in Broward County.

"She said, 'It's very hot in here, ' and the staff said, 'Yes, it is, '" Dean said.

"What a price to pay".

The other victims were: Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; and Albertina Vega, 99.

Officials are still figuring out what happened when and said they do not want to speculate or prematurely release incorrect information.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Thursday that he had directed the state's Agency for Health Care Administration to end the provision of Medicaid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills facility. "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected", he added.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies. Word is that Hollywood Hills had only partial generator service, not one to run the building's air conditioning.

Nevertheless, millions of residents in Florida remained without power on Friday, a risky scenario amid high temperatures in the state. "Outreach was also made to local emergency officials and first responders".

Exactly how the deaths happened was under investigation, with Sanchez saying authorities have not ruled anything out, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

"Oh definitely, because we are a hurricane-prone part of the world", said Honora.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Scott said in a statement.

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.

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