In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know: When will the power come back on? The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were believed to be heat-related. "It's a sad event".
Jack Michel, the sole person listed on the nursing home's corporate registration in Florida, appears to have been accused of fraudulent activity in the past. The storm only knocked out power to the air conditioning system.
The other thing is, this place is right across the street from a hospital, and that hospital had power.
The rest of the center's patients were evacuated. During those conference calls he gave out a cell phone number and said if any of the healthcare centers experienced trouble they should call him at that number and he would work to resolve their problem. Robert Gould, the utility's chief communications officer, said he understood that certain parts of the facility had power.
Hurricane Irma seemed to inflict special wrath on some unlucky communities, even though it didn't cause the catastrophic destruction that was feared in Florida and the rest of the Southeastern United States.
"(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building", Katz said. "We're going to see some of the..."
One person has died and three others are being treated at a hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator in Daytona Beach, the fourth such death as people across the state wait for power to be restored after Hurricane Irma.
Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as younger people. In Hollywood, where the nursing home is located, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week.
Residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape than the one they left last week. "Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored".
Humidity made the hard-surfaced floors slick with condensation, while patients gathered in a small day room to catch a slight breeze from screened windows. The U.S. Senate Aging Committee, citing the Florida deaths, on Wednesday said it would have a hearing next week on disaster planning for the elderly.
Three deaths occurred at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Residents had been temporarily evacuated when the storm lashed South Florida, but they came back around the time the electricity went out.
Including the nursing home deaths, at least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed.
Still, the dangers lingered, mostly in the form of noxious gas from generators serving those who still didn't have power. Authorities have warned that these devices can be deadly, noting they can easily sicken or kill people inside homes.
In the meantime, skilled nursing operators can still take away several key lessons from both hurricanes Harvey and Irma - especially as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares to begin enforcing new emergency preparedness guidelines in November.
185 miles per hour: The strength of the winds of Irma at its peak.
For Trump, the visit to Fort Myers and Naples along Florida's battered southwestern coast offered him the chance to see how people were coping and how the Federal Emergency Management Agency was responding.