UPDATE: At least eight nursing home residents have now died in Hollywood, Florida due to the loss of the home’s air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG.
The causes of death are under investigation though, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said,
“We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time.”
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, put out a statement that it had a
“prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility’s air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane.”
They apparently had enough power to cook, but not enough for A/C. Three died at the nursing home, and the five others died at the hospital.
The victims were:
Bobby Owens, 84
Manuel Mario Medieta, 96
Miguel Antonio Franco, 92
Estella Hendricks, 71
Gail Nova, 71
Carolyn Eatherly, 78
Betty Hibbard, 84
Albertina Vega, 99
115 people have been evacuated from the nursing home while others were found in critical condition, some with trouble breathing. Nursing home spokeswoman Raelin Story said,
“There are a number of critical patients.”
The hospital has set up a hotline, 954-265-1074, so that families of nursing home residents can check on their loved ones.
There are over 650 nursing homes in Florida with over 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with over 99,000 beds.
(Image, screen grab; via CNN)