Florida's governor called on first responders Wednesday to check health care facilities statewide after at least six nursing home patients died following a reported air conditioning malfunction in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Patients were evacuated to Memorial Regional Hospital and other facilities in the Memorial Healthcare System.
Michel is a licensed medical doctor in Florida but now is not practicing in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health. The remaining two died at a nearby hospital.More news: Is Your College One of 2018's Best Colleges?
Police said the building was sealed off and a criminal investigation is underway. He declined to say whether the electricity was entirely out at the facility or if only the air conditioning was out, saying that was still under investigation. "I would be remiss if i didn't say our deepest sympathies goes out to the families of those lost their lives", Gould said.
Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said the place had been hot but manageable the past few days.
Irma has also been blamed for the death of four people in SC and two in Georgia.
Today, five nursing home patients in Hollywood succumbed to the Florida heat and died early this morning.
"There's nothing we can do", Long said. The fuse needed to maintain the air-conditioning unit was broken as Hurricane Irma passed through the area. More than 40 died in the Caribbean. "As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation", the statement reads.More news: Google appeals $2.9 billion European Union antitrust fine
Irma struck Florida on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.
FPL, which provides electric power to Broward County, estimates it will restore power to essentially all customers along its eastern service territory by the end of this coming weekend. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respiratory issues.
Rescue teams responded to an emergency call on Wednesday and found two elderly residents dead at the facility.
Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.
Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to find out what happened to her 58-year-old sister, Vonda Wilson, a stroke patient who lived there for about 10 years.More news: 16th Anniversary: 20 Pictures We'll Never Forget