As patients were dying in South Florida, both the Governor Rick Scott and the top emergency manager were fielding questions about nursing home safety.
Police are conducting a criminal investigation into the death of eight people in a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida.
"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.
But the NAACP Florida State Conference put out a statement saying it "demands justice" for the deaths and called for steps such as increased oversight and enforcement efforts by the state Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.
Three of the victims were found dead at the facility, and the others died on the way to hospital.
The city first "became [aware] a crisis was unfolding at the facility after multiple calls in the early morning hours" Wednesday, city spokesperson Raelin Storey said this morning. That patient was transported to a hospital, police said.
"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said.
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The bench said review of all prisons with a "humanitarian nuance" was needed to eliminate the cases of deaths in jails. It also said that suggestions regarding establishment of "open jails" or was "certainly worth considering" by states.
The nursing home started making the calls on Monday and was assured by FPL and state health officials that the facility would be made a priority, according to the timeline.
Rescue crews were called to the nursing home around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
In a statement, Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator".
"Facility administration is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome. I would be remiss if I didn't say our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who lost their lives", says Gould.
In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.
But instead of sending the "immediate assistance" they asked for, nursing home officials said they never heard back.
Irma, which slammed into Florida over the weekend, was one of the most powerful storms to ever crawl out of the Atlantic. The center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he planned to meet "with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous fearless first responders & others".
Hollywood officials said eight people between the ages of 71 and 99 died at the for-profit Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, but the causes were not yet determined.
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