Most Florida nurs­ing homes lack backup power, agency says

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An agency re­ports that most Florida nurs­ing homes and as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties do not have backup power de­spite re­quire­ments en­acted be­cause a dozen peo­ple died in a swel­ter­ing cen­ter af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The state Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion says only 48 nurs­ing homes and 91 as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties say they have in­stalled equip­ment and had state in­spec­tions as of May 25. New rules that went into ef­fect Fri­day re­quire all fa­cil­i­ties to have backup power for cool­ing for at least 96 hours.

The agency re­ports that 348 nurs­ing homes and 343 as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­quested ex­ten­sions to in­stall equip­ment. They have un­til Jan. 1.

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