28 March 2020: COVID-19 update

An important message from Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young about the Local Government Elections.

Saturday, 28 March 2020: Seventeen cases confirmed for West Moreton

 The total cases tested positive to COVID-19 for the West Moreton region remains at seventeen.

Queensland has 62 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 raising the state total to 555.

Contact tracing is undertaken for each new case.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said the majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas

“The number of confirmed cases each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state,” the spokesperson said.

“We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community.

“Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

“Critically, make sure you are practicing good hygiene and staying home if you’re sick. Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.”

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

Please call ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.

Council-related closures

  •       Ipswich Nature Centre
  •       Ipswich Civic Centre
  •       Environmental Education Centre
  •       All pools
  •       Zero depth water play areas
  •       Queens Park Nursery
  •       Face to face volunteering programs
  •       Ipswich Libraries
  •       Visitor Information Centre
  •       Ipswich Art Gallery
  •       Studio 188
  •       Fire Station 101
  •       Hardings Paddock Campgrounds
  •       Woodend Nature Centre

NB: This does not include cancelled or postponed events or private closures, such as the Railway Museum

How you can support local businesses

Businesses across Ipswich continue to adapt to try and keep their doors open and support their staff and the community.

For Top of Town store Heisenberg Haus adaptation has meant firing up their pizza oven.

In addition to their takeaway menu, Dale and Karyn Fechner are hand making the traditional Neapolitan pizzas from scratch – putting to use skills they learned a couple of years ago in Naples.

“We thought this might be an idea as pizza makes a great takeaway and there are not that many pizza shops making pizza from scratch,” Heisenberg Haus’s Eden Bruce said.

All pizzas are $20 each, pick up only from 11am until 1pm and again at 5pm until 8pm.

The Cake Mobb owner Antoinette Mobbs has also been working hard to adapt in uncertain times.

Ms Mobbs is following advice carefully and has removed all of the tables and chairs and made an entrance and exit area with markings on the floor to ensure all social distancing is adhered to.

She is also only using disposable cutlery and cups and has hand sanitiser available for customer use.

“We are still open and people can come in and get takeaway and we can still take orders for cakes,” Ms Mobbs said.

“We have been getting some lovely people coming in to support us. The locals are amazing, they come in and say ‘we just want to buy one thing to support you’.”

More great Ipswich takeaway options:

Also read: Council fast-tracks $7.5 million into local economy

Taking care of yourself is important

Here are a few tips courtesy of the Australian Red Cross for how you can maintain your wellbeing:

  • Make regular phone calls or video calls to people you know.
  • Being in close confines can be stressful, watch out for signs of stress among family members.
  • Work out a strategy to defuse any difficult situations or anger.
  • Watch movies together, virtually.
  • Get some sun every day – keep up the vitamin D.
  • Stay in touch with work colleagues. If you can, working from home could help you stay busy and connected.
  • Self-indulge and put on that hair mask you’ve had in the back of the drawer or give yourself a pedicure.
  • Now’s the time to do those household projects you’ve been putting off.

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  1. I think is should be mandatory for the ICC to let people know what area/ suburb these cases are in.
    Mainly so people can avoid these areas and not be accidentally exposed to someone who may have had contact with the positive cases.
    This should all be about communication. The public need to know these details. This is a life and death matter. Public safety should be your priority.
    Please let the public know. Don’t you think this is wise.

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