8 May 2020: COVID-19 updates #ipswichtogether

4pm. Enjoy the weekend, see you next weekend

That’s all from us today and this week for the #ipswichtogether COVID-19 blog.

We’ll be back again on Monday from 8am.

If you’re heading out to visit mum this Sunday, remember to observe COVID-19 restrictions.


3pm. Kids can learn how to cook perfect French toast for mum this Mother’s Day

Have you or the kids been thinking about cooking mum the perfect breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day but you’re not sure where to start?

We’ve got you covered. Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Ipswich Festivals have partnered for a special Kids Kitchen Mother’s Day edition.

Full details here.

2.15pm. Premier announces roadmap to ease restrictions

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the ‘Clear Queensland Plan’ which outlines the roadmap for easing restrictions. The rollout will take place in three stages.

The first stage will begin next Saturday, May 15, and will include:

– Having up to five visitors to your home
– Gatherings of 10 people in a public space
– Reopening of libraries, playground equipment for 10 people at a time
– Dining at cafes, restaurants pubs and clubs for 10 people at a time
– Travel up to 150km from your home
– Up to 10 wedding guests and 20 funeral guests

Further details on stage 2 and 3 of the roadmap can be seen in the chart below, shared on the Premier’s Facebook page.

1.08pm. Springfield teachers looking forward to students’ return

The teachers at Springfield Lakes State School are looking forward to welcoming back their Prep and Year 1 students, as they return to the classroom on Monday, 11 May. 

“It is time for the parents of Prep and Year 1 students to pass the baton back over to us,” Principal Greg Horrigan said on social media. 

“Thank you for the work you have done these last few weeks. I hope that along the way, you have found that time to enjoy family life. 

We are busy finalising what reporting will look like for this semester and finding the very best ways to start our Prep and Year 1 students back at school so that we are all ready to go on Monday, 11 May.

“For students in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, it will be a continuation of home based learning for the moment.

“I would think that all going well, we will be joined at school by our Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 students from 25 May. But of course, this will be decided and announced by our State Government prior to this date. 

“So, girls and boys from Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, it could well be just a little longer until we see you back here again!”

Watch the video here.

12.05pm. Big thank you to West Moreton Health staff

West Moreton Health staff have proved to be willing and able during these unprecedented times.

These qualities have defined the thousands of West Moreton Health staff who answered the challenge set by novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chief executive Dr Kerrie Freeman said West Moreton Health had reached a critical stage in its COVID-19 response, and she was delighted by just how much had been achieved.

“West Moreton region is one of the largest local government areas in the country to currently have no active cases, which is wonderful news and a testament to the work of our staff and partners, and the support we have received from the community,” Dr Freeman said.

Read Dr Freeman’s thank-you message here

11.10am. Ipswich students keep dancing through COVID-19

Ipswich State High School’s Certificate III Dance students are finding a way to practise their passion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check it out in the video below.

10am. Thanks for stepping up in tough times

The Australian Government has released a short video to thank Australians for stepping up to fight COVID-19.

The curve is flattening thanks to the efforts everybody is making.

Check out the video below.

9am. Stay fit at home

It’s important for our mental and physical health to stay active and keep fit right now. 

Ipswich City Council has launched the new Active at Home series of online workouts to keep you moving and support your mental wellbeing during COVID-19.

The series of 30 minute workouts are being streamed daily at 8am on the Sport Ipswich Facebook page and include boxing/HIIT, pilates, yoga and bootcamp classes.

There’s also a great range of workouts for adults and kids on Active at Home, including yoga, pilates, strength training, HIIT, soccer skills and even hula hooping tricks.

Check out the full list of workouts and activities here.

8am. Friday 8 May 2020. Ipswich has no active cases of COVID-19

West Moreton has had zero active cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday 6 May.

There are 37 recovered cases in the region with no new ones since the start of April.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Queensland is now at 50 with two new cases reported late yesterday, 989 have recovered and six deaths brings the state total to 1045.

From Sunday, 10 May, up to five members of a household may visit another home.

Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was about one household visiting another household.

“From this Mother’s Day, one family can visit another family for example, however you must stay in that house or yard for the duration of the visit,” Dr Young said.

“You can travel outside 50km distance to visit someone’s home, but you can’t go further than 50km to visit a household and then go out into that community to go to the beach or have a picnic for example.

“If you are leaving your home for recreation, you should only go with members of your immediate household or one other person,” she said.

Dr Young continued to encourage Queenslanders to exercise social distancing, good hygiene and comply with all the restrictions in place, as well as staying home if you’re unwell.

Currently, 973 of the 1,045 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.

A total of 124,898 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 4,669 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.

Queensland’s testing criteria has been expanded so that anyone in the state who has a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms can get tested.

If you are unwell and you meet the above criteria, you should contact a doctor immediately. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, eight of the 50 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with three of these in intensive care. The remainder of active cases are currently recovering at home.

A total of 989 Queenslanders (94 per cent of total cases) have now recovered from COVID-19.

Contact tracing continues for recent cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any public health alerts are required.

We want everyone to continue playing their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community. Please continue to 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 practising good hygiene and staying home, especially 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.

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>>> Ipswich currently has zero cases of COVID-19

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