TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on nursing home deaths in Florida (all times local):
Police say an 11th patient has died after being taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.
Hollywood police said Friday that 94-year-old Alice Thomas died Thursday and that they are treating it as part of their criminal investigation of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and its employees.
Eight patients died on Sept. 13, three days after Irma knocked out the home's air conditioning. Three have died this week. Overall, 145 patients were taken from the home.
The dead have ranged from 78 to 99 years old. No one has been charged.
The state has suspended the home's license. The home has filed a lawsuit trying to overturn the state's actions.
Florida's top health care regulator, in the aftermath of the nursing home deaths that followed Hurricane Irma, says the state will "aggressively" enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators.
Justin Senior, secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration, on Friday explained to nursing home officials about an emergency rule that will require the facilities to have backup power that can last up to four days. Ten residents of a South Florida nursing home died amid the sweltering heat in power outages after Irma.
Senior said that Irma's changing path showed that nursing homes could not easily evacuate someplace else. He says the state does not expect nursing homes to provide air-conditioning to their entire building but they must keep patients safe.