A resident in the long-term care unit of Edmonton’s Kensington Village died on Thursday of COVID-19, the first reported death in that part of the facility, which has dealt with an outbreak over the past month.
The woman, aged 72, was swabbed on Tuesday and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She later died that same day.
“Our staff are devastated at the loss and how quick the resident that passed away yesterday, how quick it happened,” said Lynn Haugen, executive director of care with Shepherd’s Care, which operates Kensington Village.
The source of the positive case has yet to be confirmed, but Shepherd’s Care is looking at the possibility that it came from an asymptomatic staff member, as visitors have been banned at Kensington Village facilities.
“In the long-term area upon finding out that the resident was positive, we’ve placed everybody on isolation immediately,” Haugen said.
“So as of April 23 all long-term care residents are in their rooms receiving tray service.”
In total, 21 residents and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Three residents have died.
Eight residents remain in hospital.
Before the woman’s case, the virus had only been detected in the supportive-living facility, along with the condo and apartment units.
The facility has been dealing with an outbreak since mid-March. None of the seven other seniors facilities run by Shepherd’s Care in Edmonton or Barrhead have had residents test positive for COVID-19.
Request for asymptomatic testing denied
Shepherd’s Care requested asymptomatic testing of all residents and staff at Kensington Village, something Alberta’s medical officer of health announced was available for facilities dealing with an outbreak as of April 17.
But Haugen said that request was recently denied by the Edmonton zone medical officer of health.Haugen said.
“We’ll continue to petition the medical officer of health to support us in getting our staff and residents at that site tested,” Haugen said.
On Friday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said she would need to follow up with colleagues in the Edmonton zone about why the request was denied.
“I did advise my colleagues, the local medical officers of health that for outbreaks that were currently underway that they could use their clinical judgment based on whether or not they felt that particular outbreak would benefit from testing of all current residents and staff,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw added that if there are weeks with no cases at a facility, there may be more risk than benefit in requiring people to get tested if there isn’t much likelihood of additional cases.
SpaceX Sent NASA Astronauts Into Orbit Using Linux – Futurism
This past weekend, Elon Musk-led private space company SpaceX made history by launching a pair of NASA astronauts into orbit, an accomplishment that could upset the balance of the international space industry.
According to a terrific breakdown by ZDNet, the historic launch also contributed to a shift in power from proprietary software to open source — by running the Falcon 9 rocket on a version of the open source operating system Linux.
Kernel Space Program
The unspecified version of Linux, according to ZDNet, runs on three dual-core x86 processors — a redundancy system that keeps the astronauts safe by making sure all three units agree before executing each command.
ZDNet also pointed to a 2013 Reddit post in which SpaceX employees confirmed that Dragon and Falcon 9 both on Linux.
SpaceX isn’t the first group to bring open source software into orbit.
The International Space Station itself, where the NASA astronauts launched by SpaceX are now residing, reportedly switched to Linux from Microsoft’s proprietary Windows operating system in 2013.
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Get ready to look to the night sky on Friday. A full “strawberry moon” is on the calendar, and it will come with an understated partial eclipse for some parts of the world. While the moon will be at its absolute fullest on Friday around noon PT, you’ll have several opportunities to enjoy the view. The moon will still look full from early Thursday morning through early Sunday morning, NASA said Monday.
North America will miss the eclipse, but the Virtual Telescope Project will livestream the lunar event from Italy above a view of the Rome skyline. Mark your calendar for noon PT on Friday, June 5, and visit the project’s web TV page to join in.
A penumbral eclipse is much more subtle than a total eclipse. The moon slips through the Earth’s outer (penumbral) shadow, which can trigger a slight darkening of the moon. If you didn’t know it was happening, you might miss it. A partial penumbral eclipse like the one on Friday makes it even harder to spot a difference.
Denizens of the moon, however, would notice the effects. “For spacecraft at the Moon such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar power is noticeable,” NASA said.
Unfortunately, the “strawberry” nickname for the June full moon doesn’t refer to a color, but seems to be an old reference to the strawberry harvest season. NASA’s Gordon Johnston rounded up a list of alternative names for this month’s moon, including mead moon, honey moon, hot moon and planting moon.
Even if the eclipse is too faint to detect, you can still take a moment to bask in the light of a lovely full moon this week.
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