Dozens Of Nursing Homes Still Lack Power

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The state moved to place an emergency moratorium on the facility Wednesday night, which would block it from readmitting patients until the action is lifted.

Employees of the facility told reporters their power had been knocked out during Hurricane Irma, and that they were using a generator to cook meals but not for air conditioning.

The other five died at or on the way to the hospital, police said.

Some residents there awoke sick, the Miami Herald reported.

Three of the victims were found dead at the center.

The lowest average temperature in Hollywood this week has been around 79F.

Duke, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight on Sunday.

President Donald Trump couldn't resist injecting a dose of politics into his tour of storm-damaged Florida on Thursday, saying Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing such a good job with the recovery effort that he should run for the Senate. Fans and spot coolers were being used at the Center on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Keefe said about one-third of Broward County was still without power. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point".

City officials say three people were already dead inside, and others were pronounced dead later. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. That tally included 141 patients from the nursing home and another four residents of an adjoining facility.

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A woman said she visited her long-time friend, who later died, Betty Hibbard, at the nursing home on Tuesday.

Jack Michel, the sole person listed on the nursing home's corporate registration in Florida, appears to have been accused of fraudulent activity in the past. Storey said at the city's first news conference there were "a number of critical patients".

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.

Authorities were also instructed to carry out precautionary checks on other long-term care facilities in the area in the wake of the incident.

The answer, it seems, depends on whether the question includes the dreaded "double c" term: climate change. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent.

The Florida Health Care Association called the deaths a "profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma". It does not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The statement also revealed that 150 of the 700 facilities in the state of Florida still are not operating with full power services.

A spokeswoman for Larkin Hospital, who identified herself only as Christina, would not discuss the relationship between Larkin and the rehab center, but said nursing home administrators would issue a statement later.

Police said they have opened an investigation into possible criminal negligence.

Information on the state Agency for Health Care Administration's website said the nursing home's current license was effective July 17 and expires July 16, 2019. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with over 99,000 beds.