PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's health department is investigating whether it was excessively hot inside a Providence nursing facility where a resident was found unresponsive during the recent heat wave and later died.
The Health Department said Monday an elderly woman at the Charlesgate Nursing Center was found unresponsive on July 20 and taken to the hospital, where she died. The emergency room said her body temperature was 107 degrees.
A department spokeswoman says the cause of death is pending.
Facility staff had been offering to move residents in rooms without air conditioning to cooler spaces or provide fluids if they didn't want to move.
The department has ordered the center not to admit new residents and to install thermometers in fourth-floor residents' rooms.
A message was left for center administrator Lucille Massemino.