Florida nursing home where 8 died closed to residents amid investigation

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

However, when she showed up to work, paramedics were barring the doors and telling her she could not enter.

"They were trying to get them all together so they could be able to breathe", Pina told CNN.

The spokesman for the facility, Ron Bartlett, said that after the air conditioning stopped, workers continually gave residents water and ice.

A generator running inside a home without power there killed one person and sent three more to the hospital with carbon dioxide poisoning, officials said Wednesday morning.

All the patients were taken to area hospitals, including Memorial Regional Hospital.

Local officials say the person who died early Tuesday had a do-not-resuscitate order and was taken directly to a funeral home.

Across the peninsula in St. Petersburg, firefighters rescued two adults and two children from a burning, boarded-up home without power, local ABC affiliate WFLA reports. They did call several times Florida Power & Light.

Broward County had said it did not label the nursing home as "critical" infrastructure based on a Florida Power and Light guidance document suggesting that these facilities are "non-critical, but play a decisive role in community recovery after a serious event", the county said in its statement.

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"It's important to note that through Monday, the building was still cool and the spot coolers were in place maintaining required temperatures", the facility said. It may have had air conditioning problems, they added.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the center as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the lack of air conditioning at a Florida skilled nursing facility (SNF) appears to have led to the death of eight residents, spurring action to ensure resident safety at other SNFs throughout the state. "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

People still waiting for power and the internet to return to their homes are stuck wandering the neighborhood, hunting for cell service.

Florida officials have made restoring lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers are engaged in the huge effort, many from out of state.

The eight dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, authorities said.

Three passed on at the nursing home, and three others kicked the bucket in the wake of being transported to Memorial Healthcare System offices, city authorities said. State emergency managers said the number of outages dropped to 1.9 million homes and businesses. Its emergency room doctors and staff were ready to help. But they didn't anticipate they would still have to fight the intense heat with fans and portable air conditioner units. They estimate that 150 out of the 700 long-term care facilities still do not have full power. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

"It is 100 percent the governor's responsibility to do everything in his power protect every Floridian", she said.

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