At least 7 fall ill at Hollywood assisted living facility

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took at least seven people to the hospital after, officials said, they fell ill at an assisted living facility in Hollywood, Wednesday afternoon.

7Skyforce HD hovered above Emerald Park Retirement at 5770 Stirling Road, as paramedics took patients out in gurneys and placed them in ambulances.

Officials said the patients are suffering from symptoms similar to the norovirus: nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.

Paramedics transported the patients to Memorial Hospital Pembroke for observation.

Officials have not disclosed the patients’ ages or their condition.

Concerned family members came to the facility to check on their relatives.

One of them said she came to make sure her elderly mother was OK.

“I’m extremely concerned, because she’s 96,” she said. “My friend’s mother is also here, on the same floor as my mother, and she’s turning 100 in a couple of weeks. I didn’t bring [my mother] here to perish, you know, so I was going back in to see what’s going on. Another relative called and said, ‘You better wear a mask going in there,'” so I came.”

Police are investigating what caused the patients’ symptoms.

A representative from Emerald Park declined to comment on the situation at this time.

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