11th death linked to Florida nursing home tragedy

Florida lawmakers, emergency management officials and nursing home owners met Friday in a bid to implement new safety rules following a tragedy that resulted from Hurricane Irma.

The group gathered in Tallahassee, the state capital, to try and meet a deadline set by Gov. Rick Scott, who drafted the new rules after a group of seniors died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, the Sun Sentinel reported.

That death toll now stands at 11, after 94-year-old Alice Thomas died Thursday, the Miami Herald reported.

The nursing home became a grim symbol of the devastation of Hurricane Irma, which ripped through Florida earlier this month. 

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center, which had its license suspended earlier this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, are currently under a criminal investigation.

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