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Today, five nursing home patients in Hollywood succumbed to the Florida heat and died early this morning.

Hurricane Irma's death toll is continuously increasing since the tropical storm hit the Florida.

Sharief said there are no details about the cause of the deaths. However, it is conducting a criminal investigation to find out just what happened.

Crews were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after residents woke up sick, according to the Miami Herald.

Meteorologists expect Wednesday's temperature in Hollywood, Florida to reach 88° Fahrenheit with 74 percent humidity, WCVB-ABC reported. "I would be remiss if i didn't say our deepest sympathies goes out to the families of those lost their lives", Gould said.

"This is an inexcusable tragedy that frail patients would die of heat exhaustion without it being recognized and taking them to the hospital next door", Nelson said in a statement.

During a February 2016 visit, a federal inspector who visited and spoke with staff there found that the facility "failed to maintain the emergency generator to manufacture and code requirements", according to records reviewed by STAT. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point". It may have had air conditioning problems, they added.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said about 100 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday.

One of the issues facing the nursing homes was ensuring they have enough fuel on hand to power their generators on a continuous basis, she noted. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. An official from Memorial said that the healthcare network was helping with evacuating people from the rehabilitation centre, which is not part of the Memorial system, and will take some to their other hospitals in the region. Others were found in critical condition, some with trouble breathing, said Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Story. Randy Katz, the medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department, said at a press conference. The new rule would allow nursing homes to require that residents agree to arbitration in lieu of a dispute in court, a process that is argued to be more efficient, but also tends to be less favorable for the plaintiff and reward far less in compensation.

Police were checking on more than 40 other nursing facilities in Hollywood, Kate Stein of member station WLRN tells NPR's Newscast unit.

Families who may have concerns of their loved ones' health at the nursing home can call the hotline at: 954-265-3000. Michel and other Larkin owners paid $15.4 million in 2006 to settle health care fraud claims filed against them by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state of Florida.


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