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6th person dies at Florida nursing home

Florida's healthcare agency ordered a Miami-area nursing home suspended from the state Medicaid program on Thursday after eight elderly patients there were exposed to sweltering heat in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and died.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Rosemary Cooper, a licensed practical nurse at the rehabilitation center, declined to discuss specifics about the case, citing the investigation.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million. The state ranked fourth poorest in the nation in 2016 according to The Huffington Post, and there are many intersectionally disadvantaged communities that will need support getting back on their feet. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, three others passed away at the hospital, and two more patients were reported dead later Wednesday afternoon.

While Clark's company estimated that a wind-driven direct hit on Miami would have served up catastrophic $150 million in insured losses, the storm veering off the the west saved Southeast Florida from the most apocalyptic scenario, but this came at the extent of vast devastation in the Keys as well as unexpected flooding in places like Jacksonville along the Atlantic coast, where a combination of heavy rain and storm surge filled homes and businesses that had only just begun to recover from last year's Hurricane Matthew. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. And at the 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door to check on residents and bring ice, water and meals.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said preliminary estimates suggested that 25 percent of the homes in the Keys were destroyed and 65 percent sustained major damage. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

Irma was back over water as it closed in on mainland Florida, weakening still but spreading much wider - to more than 400 miles (640 kilometers) in girth - whipping the entire peninsula with winds of 39 mph (62 kph) or more. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.

Nelson spoke to the secretary of Health and Human Services and urged that an investigation should be opened.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers", said he directed the AHCA and DCF to work with law enforcement on an investigation.

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"I want to thank everybody", Trump said. Miami's Mike Carvelli, whose mother is at the facility, said his brother was there earlier this week and found it "a little warm, but not uncomfortable" and there were portable air conditioning units in use.

US President Donald Trump will visit the hard-hit Florida cities of Naples and Fort Myres on Thursday to view the damage.

The power losses had tragic consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami. They were in bed in the room they share wearing patient gowns.

Broward officials said that the nursing home was in compliance with state and federal rules that require an evacuation plan.

"They were sick already".

The U.S. Justice Department has received more than 400 fraud complaints involving relief aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and expects a spike in fraud complaints in the coming months, department officials said on Thursday.

Her father, 89-year-old Gabriel Giraldo, has dementia and was found the next morning with a 102-degree fever, dehydrated and unconscious.

"I just feel that they were neglected and [the facility] didn't take care of what they needed to take care of". Randy Katz, medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department.

"As you know, our state's been devastated", Scott said.

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