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Report: Nursing home where 8 died asked Scott for "immediate assistance"

Call came 36 hours before the first death
Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee on Jan. 11, 2016, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER  | Times]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee on Jan. 11, 2016, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Sep. 15, 2017

CBS 4 Miami reported Friday afternoon that officials from a Hollywood, Florida nursing home requested “immediate assistance” from Gov. Rick Scott a day and a half before eight members of the nursing home died. 

The station reported that the nursing home representatives called Scott on a “special cell phone number.”

Scott said in a statement that any calls to him were “referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health and quickly returned.”

Sen. Bill Nelson, who Scott would face in a 2018 U.S. Senate race should the termed-out governor decide to run, has called the nursing home situation “an emerging scandal of gargantuan proportions.” 

This is a developing story. Watch for more coverage from the Times.