In recent years the facility has been cited twice for violations related to federal requirements about its backup power capabilities.
"They went through something the likes of which.nobody's ever seen before", Trump told reporters before moving on to tour Irma damage and help distribute lunches to those impacted by the storm. "And we don't have shelters right now". They have opened up a criminal investigation into the deaths. Randy Katz, medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department.
"There's nothing we can do, ' said a 'frustrated" Long.
The centre, which police sealed off as a crime scene on Wednesday, was officially ordered closed to new admissions by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration. Frustrations grew this week when some residents tried to go home but couldn't get through. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.
Fort Myers sits north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall over the weekend, though the area did suffer some damage.
It barrelled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 215km/h and destroying 25 per cent of homes before sweeping up the Gulf Coast of the state and dissipating.
About 1.1 million utility customers still were without power Saturday morning statewide, officials said.
"Kristin and I are saddened by this news and send our deepest sympathies to the victim's family and friends", Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release. "You want to come back to a sewer system that works".
Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here". Many residents thanked the president and took selfies.
Relief from the storm is coming slowly.
Elsewhere, a South Florida townhouse that weathered the storm was gutted by fire when power was restored, which caused the stove to ignite items left on the cooktop.
There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost. By Monday, the hurricane-turned-tropical storm had weakened to a tropical depression.
"Walking away from a boat - that is one of my family's main source of income - is very hard to (do), especially when you secure all your property and everything else knowing that you may not see it again", Barr told the TV station this week.
The eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills, days after Irma struck, heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread power outages.
Carbon monoxide from a generator is also suspected in the death of a man in Miami, while authorities say another dozen people were treated for carbon monoxide-related illnesses on Tuesday in Polk and Brevard counties.
Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.
"What a price to pay", Johnson said of the eight people who died.