Monday, October 23, 2017

Two more deaths blamed on Broward nursing home; Irma total at 69

This Sept. 13, 2017, file photo, police surround the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, Fla.

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Two more deaths have been linked to a Broward County nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, bringing the death toll from the embattled facility to 14 on Monday.

Hollywood police said Monday that the deaths of a 90 and a 95-year old patient are being treated as part of the criminal investigation into The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. Eight patients died on Sept. 13, three days after Irma knocked out the air-conditioning systems at the facility. The facility was evacuated on that date, and six more patients have since died.

“The Hollywood Police Department is treating these deaths as part of the criminal investigation, until otherwise advised by the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services,” the police department said in a news release.

No other details have been released.

Official death tolls from Irma, which ran the length of the Florida Peninsula on Sept. 10 starting in Marco Island, were tallied at 69 last week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management.

But official totals are still missing several deaths, showing only nine in Broward County, for instance, and that number is expected to continue to rise as county medical examiners complete death investigations.

One death in Lee, and one death in Collier are attributed to Irma so far. The most common cause of death has been blunt force injury – traffic crashes or injuries which occurred during preparation or recovery as well as during the storm, a total of 23 deaths. 14 deaths have been blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning, with another eight from drowning and four from electrocution.


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