U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Florida Thursday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma and learn about relief efforts.
Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday were heat-related.
Four more patients died at or en route to hospital and a fifth was later identified as having died the night before, officials said.
Standing before rescue helicopters and personnel at a hangar earlier in the day in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump also heaped praise on the state and local officials standing with him.
He will then return to Washington, DC, leaving Florida around 1:30pm and arriving back at the White House later Thursday evening.
The US Coast Guard transported 78 adults, 21 children, and 13 pets from the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma.
Meanwhile many Floridians remain swamped and without electricity. Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power.
About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents majority. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.
Catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co estimated Wednesday that the destructive storm has caused about 25 billion US dollars in insured losses, including 18 billion dollars in the United States and 7 billion dollars in the Caribbean.
Other areas of the state, however, remain largely incapacitated, including the Florida Keys, where an estimated quarter of the homes were destroyed. The remote island chain stretches almost 100 miles (160 km) into the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's southern tip, connected by a single highway and series of bridges.
He spoke with at least one resident who was working to rebuild his house and served sandwiches.
Irma wreaked utter devastation on several of the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people died.