13th patient from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

Nursing Home Where 12 Patients Died Lays Off 245 Employees

Francesca Andrade, 95, and Cecilia Franco, 90, have died, Hollywood Police said.

Police say two women who were taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, becoming the 13th and 14th fatalities linked to the home.

A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma.

The layoffs - 245 in total - for the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were reported Friday by the Sun Sentinel.

The Miami Herald said Ms Franco's husband Miguel Antonio Franco, who also lived at the home, died on September 13. The center was evacuated that day, but four more people have died since.

Three days after Hurricane Irma knocked out power - including air conditioning - residents began dying in the facility.

Authorities have not charged anyone, but the police are treating the deaths as a criminal matter.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills filed a lawsuit last month in Leon County circuit court challenging September 13 and September 14 state orders that placed a moratorium on patient admissions and suspended the facility from the Medicaid program.

The laid-off employees include dozens of nurses, physical therapists, doctors, administrative assistants and others, according to the September 27 letter.

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