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The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The Florida nursing home where 12 patients died during Irma just laid off its employees



The Florida nursing home where 12 patients died during Hurricane Irma has laid off all 245 employees, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which failed to evacuate patients when Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning, sent a letter dated Sept. 27 to state officials saying it had closed permanently seven days earlier.

The letter from the center's human resources director noted that the facility was unable to give employees 60 days notice "due to unforeseen business circumstances that occurred after the impact of Hurricane Irma," the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The layoff included certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, occupational or physical therapists and doctors, among others.

The nursing home deaths are still part of an ongoing criminal investigation and authorities have yet to release the causes of death.

Eight people died after a Florida nursing home lost AC during Irma

More than 100 patients were evacuated from the facility and after the deaths.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially ordered the Agency for Health Care Administration to prevent the center from accepting new patients and eventually it revoked the center's license as well.

Since then, the Sun-Sentinel reports that the governor has called for all nursing homes to "have generators to power air conditioning and at least four days of fuel."

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