26 May 2020: COVID-19 updates #ipswichtogether

4.05pm. That’s a wrap

We hope you enjoyed reading the #ipswichtogether COVID-19 blog today.

We’ll be back again tomorrow from 8am with more important community updates and information.

See you then!

3.00pm. Book in for virtual Lego workshops

Ipswich Libraries is hosting a virtual Young Engineers after school Lego building workshop on Wednesday, and there’s still a few spots available. 

Click the link below to book through Ipswich Libraries and keep your young ones entertained as they learn how to build a bridge with Lego blocks.

You’ll need your own Lego, a computer or tablet, and some common household items such as string, elastic bands or small toys.

2.15pm. Get moving with today’s free yoga workout 

Join Silvia for a relaxing yoga class as part of Ipswich City Council’s Active at Home series of online workouts to keep you moving and support your mental well-being during COVID-19. 

Check it out below or visit the Sport Ipswich Facebook page for a different live workout each morning at 8am.

1.35pm. Stay in for Civic Centre at Home show

Ipswich Civic Centre has been streaming free online shows while the venue is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The latest in the line up of Ipswich Civic Centre At Home is coming to your screens at 7.30pm on Wednesday, with The Life of Reilly Band.  

Visit the Ipswich Civic Centre Facebook page to watch the live show.

11.45am. Let’s all keep our distance

Restrictions are easing but it’s still important we all keep our distance and maintain good hand hygiene.

11.15am. Nurse takes a break to accept award

Paediatric graduate registered nurse Lauren Wilson wasn’t going to miss her graduation due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

She accepted the Joy Croker Silver Medal Award online while on the job at Ipswich Hospital Children’s Sunshine Ward.

The award recognises an outstanding nursing student who graduated with the highest grade point average.

9.45am. Ipswich church launches online thrift store in response to COVID-19

After Bargain Shop and Caring Corner – two of Ipswich’s popular second hand clothing stores – had to shut their doors due to COVID-19, volunteers came together and launched a new digital platform to ensure the shops’ vital services could continue to help those in need. 

The new online, which is run by Ipswich Lutheran Church volunteers, offers a click and collect service where the local community can buy preloved items at discount prices. 

“While we had to close our Bargain Shop and Caring Corner stores to protect our volunteers who make the service possible, we also knew that people relied on these stores for clothing and other needs,” lead pastor Ben Hentschke said. 

“So we decided to create an online store to ensure that need is still being met during COVID-19.”

Find out more: Ipswich church launches online thrift store

8am. Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Covid-19 figures for Ipswich steady

There is currently one active case Covid-19 in the West Moreton Health region and contact tracing is underway.

This is the first new case for Ipswich since April 1, bringing the region’s total of confirmed cases to 38, with 37 recovered.

There are 24 overseas acquired cases in Ipswich and four locally acquired for a total of 28.

Queensland has no new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported yesterday.

Five cases have been removed, reducing Queensland’s total number of COVID-19 cases from 1,061 to 1,056.

This has also reduced the number of active and recovered cases.

Currently, 1,013 of the 1,056 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or interstate, or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.

A total of 174,974 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 867 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, four of the 12 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with one of these in intensive care. The remainder of active cases are currently recovering at home.

A total of 1,038 Queenslanders (98 per cent of total cases) have now recovered from COVID-19.

Contact tracing continues for recent cases. 

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