Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Rick Scott takes action against nursing home where eight died

Rick Scott takes action against nursing home where eight died

Of the eight patient deaths, seven occurred Wednesday. The chief said authorities have not ruled anything out in the deaths, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

Katz said so many patients needed assistance that his hospital, which is just down the street, called in more than 50 doctors, nurses and other staffers under a mass casualty protocol. Police used city trolleys to transport residents of Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to another facility, a spokesman said. State officials closed the facility Wednesday night and barred it from admitting new patients.

Several other nursing homes were evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, and workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.

Police responded and made a decision to evacuate. The center was left without full air conditioning after the hurricane hit, and the deaths stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy. He told Fox News he isn't sure yet if she's one of the dead.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

"We want somewhere for people to go during this hard time". "I never had to wear a coat in there ever". In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

But Johnson said she never thought her friend would die. "They were wonderful people".

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Wednesday that Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99, had died, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Although the nursing home had a generator, it wasn't clear if it was operational. Irma hit Cudjoe Key earlier in the day as a Category 4 storm. The workers get them from a nearby hospital.

"Facility administration is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome". The center released a statement saying their hearts go out to the families and friends of those affected.

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.

One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour).

But concern for the safety of Florida's 3.6 million senior citizens is growing as officials struggle to restore power amid sweltering temperatures.

"I will be traveling to Florida tomorrow to meet with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous fearless first responders & others", President Trump tweeted. Our staff continually checked on our residents' well-being.

On his visit to Anguilla, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: "There are things we are going to have to do in the long term to make this island more economically self-sufficient and even more resilient, and we will certainly be thinking about that".

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