The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):
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 living centers is trying to get a count of how many of their 820 facilities are still without power.
Florida Assisted Living Association CEO Shaddrick Haston said Thursday that most are in heavily populated Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Haston said they are still hearing from facilities that need power, and are working with other facilities that do have electricity and may have generators available to loan.
He said the association is also helping non-member assisted living facilities. In all, Florida has more than 3,100 assisted living facilities. Multiple other facilities were evacuated.
Eight patients died at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
According to Florida law, nursing homes must maintain a temperature of 81 degrees or cooler.
A search warrant has been granted for a Florida nursing home where eight…