The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):
Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is the likely cause of death for another Florida resident using an electric generator for power after Hurricane Irma.
The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department reported Thursday that 26-year-old Elvin Milian was pronounced dead one day earlier at a hospital. He had been found by emergency responders at his home near Hialeah, where a generator was running.
The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination on the cause of death.
Previously, Florida had reported at least six carbon monoxide deaths since Irma.
When used improperly, generators can trap toxic fumes and cause death. Experts say generators, as well as charcoal and gas burning grills, should always be used outdoors and never inside where they can’t be properly ventilated.
The Florida Health Care Association says 64 of the state’s 683 nursing homes are still without power, four days after Hurricane Irma raked the state.
The association released a statement giving that total as of Thursday morning.
The statement said, in part, said, “A natural disaster of this magnitude presents extreme challenges to every sector, especially those entrusted with the care of Florida’s aging seniors. We continue to maintain close communications with local, state, and federal officials and the appropriate utility companies and aid organizations to ensure that power is restored to every facility in Florida as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for Florida’s largest utility is telling people who have medical equipment that relies on electricity to call 911 if they are still without power.
Bryan Garner with Florida Power & Light said Thursday that the utility has restored electricity to more than 100 hospitals in its service territory.
But he said that if someone relies on medical equipment that needs power that they should not wait for the utility to restore electricity. Garner said authorities should be alerted so they can be taken somewhere where they can be helped such as a special needs shelter.
Garner comments came a day after eight people who had been living at a Florida nursing home died. State and local authorities are conducting a criminal investigation to determine what led to the patient deaths.
After eight people died in a sweltering Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning in Hurricane Irma, an association of assisted…