29 May 2020: COVID-19 updates #ipswichtogether

4pm. Have a safe and happy weekend

That’s all from the #IpswichTogether COVID-19 blog this week. Thanks for reading and we’ll be back on Monday at 8am with the latest updates and community information.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to continue physical distancing and wash your hands.

3.30pm. RAAF fighter pilot flying high after 24 hour running fundraiser

An update for you on Flight Lieutenant Tom’s fundraising appeal: He’s just finished a 24 HOUR run to raise money for the Unicef Coronavirus appeal.

The RAAF Base Amberley fighter pilot and long-distance runner set off at 3pm yesterday, doing laps on the runway, and he’s recorded an incredible 172 km.

To put that in perspective, that’s more than four marathons in a single day!

Check out the video of his final lap below. 

You can donate to Flight Lieutenant Tom’s fundraiser here or read more about his story on Ipswich First:

>>>Fighter pilot swaps jet for running shoes


2.50pm. Stay active and healthy

Ipswich City Council’s Active at Home workouts are online to support your physical and mental health during this period.

The 30 minute workouts are streamed daily at 8am on the Sport Ipswich Facebook page.

Check out the full list of workouts and activities for both kids and adults here or catch up on this morning’s bootcamp class with Kiewa.

2pm. Thanking our health care heroes

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation has given free coffee vouchers and health care packs to Ipswich health care workers to say thanks for their work during COVID-19. 

The group said the gifts were made possible thanks to the generosity of donors.

1pm. Can your little learners guess what’s in the mystery box?

In the latest installment of Queensland Museum Network from Home, Ipswich’s own The Workshops Rail Museum is asking kids if they can guess what’s in the little learners mystery box? 

Pay attention to the clues in the video below and see if you can guess.

Trains, animals, archaeology, palaeontology, marine biology, rocks and minerals, or space – whatever you’re interested in, the Queensland Museum Network has got it covered, despite their doors being closed due to COVID-19. 

The network has taken the museum experience digital with social media videos and challenges, fun at home activities, virtual tours and downloadable learning resources. 

Find out more on their website.

11.30am. Wear white today to shine a light on mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased risk of mental health problems for people in isolation.

Today is National White Wreath Day and people are being encouraged to wear something white to spread awareness of mental health awareness and the thousands of Australians who die each year by suicide.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to ask for help.

Here are a list of support services if you need to speak to someone:

  • Lifeline               13 11 14                   (operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Lifeline Text       0477 13 11 14          (6pm – midnight (AEDT) every night)
  • White Wreath    1300 766 177           (operates 8am – 8pm)
  • Kids Helpline     1800 55 1800 
  • Beyond Blue      1300 22 4636 

10.20am. Running non-stop to raise money for COVID-19 appeal

A RAAF Base Amberley fighter pilot and long-distance runner took off at 3pm yesterday, when he began running laps of the runway. He plans to run for 24 hours until 3pm today for a coronavirus appeal.

Opting for exercise clothes instead of his usual flying suit, Flight Lieutenant Tom, an F/A-18F pilot from No. 1 Squadron, is facing a challenge that will push him to his limits.

Chasing a flying 10km/h speed, slightly slower than the 1000km/h he’s used to, Flight Lieutenant Tom is setting out to run as many kilometres as he can over a 24-hour period, with the aim of raising funds for UNICEF’s Australia’s Coronavirus Appeal.

Check out how he’s going on Facebook at ‘Running TK’. As of 9am this morning, he’d already clocked up an incredible 136km!

You can donate to the cause here and read the full story here:

10am. Queensland update: zero new cases, Rockhampton outbreak officially over

Queensland has recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with the state’s total number of confirmed cases remaining at 1,058.

There are currently six active cases across Queensland, with just one in hospital receiving ventilation.

Health Minister Steven Miles on Friday reminded Queenslanders of the importance of telling the truth when contacted by public health officials.

“When our public health officials contact you – no matter what it’s about – it is incredibly important that you are honest, truthful and fulsome in what you tell them,” Mr Miles said.

“Lives are literally at risk.

“Our public health officials are doing their best to keep Queenslanders safe, and it is incredibly important that if they contact you, you tell them the truth.”

It comes as Mr Miles declared the recent outbreak in Rockhampton is now over with just one confirmed case of COVID-19 – a nurse from the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre.

“Today marks two weeks since the confirmed case at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre,” he said. 

“That two week period is what we would normally consider the safe incubation period.

“In that time we have performed 1,500 tests on Rockhampton locals, all of them have come back negative.

“The investigation is underway, but it is great news that we can declare that outbreak is over with just that one case.”

9am. Live streamed at the Baptist

The entertainment from Studio 188 continues this weekend, with a live set from Ipswich’s very own Annie at the Helm for Live Streamed at the Baptist.

Cosy up on your lounge and tune in to the Ipswich Festivals Facebook page from 6.30pm. 

8am. Friday, 29 May 2020. Active cases in single digits across state

There are currently zero active cases of COVID-19 in the West Moreton Health region with all 38 cases recorded, now recovered, according to Queensland Health information issued at noon yesterday.

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

There were no new cases recorded state-wide yesterday with only six of the total 1,058  recorded cases still active.

Overall in Queensland although 184,000 tests have been conducted – including 3,641 on Wednesday – there is capacity for up to 10,000 a day, especially as further steps are taken to ease restrictions.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms.

Currently, four of the active cases are in hospital, with one of these in intensive care.

Seven people have died from COVID-19 across Queensland.

Contact tracing continues for recent cases.

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