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It has been one month since the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Quintana Roo on March 13. On Saturday, the number of cases in Cancun jumped from 114 to 156, an increase of 42 cases, which is more in ONE DAY than Cancun had in the first three weeks.
With the publication of these statistics, the state Secretary of Health tweeted, "We consider it necessary to make the point that the cases reported today as negative are less than yesterday. Notwithstanding the numerical difference, what is relevant is that infections continue to advance in the state. It is necessary to make the annotation that adjustments were made to the national platform in accordance with the guidelines of the federal authority.~Alejandra Aguirre
(Note-the negatives for April 11 were 661.)
On April 12 at 6p, Quintana Roo reported 232 positive cases of Covid-19 with 19 deaths, 192 cases under study, and 416 negatives. 65 were hospitalized, 105 in social isolation and 43 recuperated. They are located as follows: 166 positives with 8 deaths in Benito Juarez (Cancun), with 7 deaths in Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), 7 with 2 deaths in OPB (Chetumal), 4 with 2 deaths in Tulum, 7 in Cozumel, and 1 each in Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Jose M Morelos, Felipe C Puerto, and Bacalar. Lazaro Cardenas has 0. You're reminded to Stay At Home.
Date QRoo Can PDC IM Dead Hosp Rec
3/13 1 1 0 0 0
3/18 4 0 0 1
WEEK 2 --------------------------------------------
3/20 11 0 0 0
3/21 12 10 2 0 0 0
3/22 12 10 2 0 0 0
3/23 22 19 3 0 0 1
3/24 22 19 3 0 0 1
3/25 27 22 4 0 0 2
3/26 28 23 4 0 1 3
3/27 32 24 7 0 1 1
3/28 37 27 8 0 1 3
3/29 42 29 8 0 1 4
3/30 44 30 9 0 1 4
3/31 46 32 9 0 1 5
4/1 50 35 10 0 1 7
4/2 55 38 11 0 1 7
4/3 68 45 13 0 1 10 3
4/4 75 49 14 1 2 11 11
4/5 86 58 15 1 4 12 12
4/6 118 75 28 1 8 21 12
4/7 138 92 31 1 9 25 25
4/8 146 100 31 1 10 25 34
4/9 159 111 32 1 12 30 37
4/10 163 114 32 1 14 41 40
4/11 216 156 41 1 17 58 42
4/12 232 166 43 1 19 65 43
Graphic-Isla Mujeres News & Events
In the past week, confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mexico have more than doubled (from 2143 last Sunday to 4661 yesterday). Deaths more than tripled, from 94 to 296. Of the confirmed cases, more than one third required hospitalization (1563). Quintana Roo is among the four states & Mexico City who have the highest number of cases, with the others being Baja California, Puebla and the state of Mexico. Governmental specialists estimate that the the actual number of cases is about eight times the reported number.
The Ministry of Health graphic from April 10 shows Mexico's incidence rate is 3 per 100,000 inhabitants. Our state's rate is more than triple the national rate. The highest rate is in Mexico City at 11.53, and Quintana Roo is third with 9.46.
Mexico has been in Phase 2 since March 30, when new cases of Covid-19 are community based. Mexico's coronavirus czar, Dr Gatell said that it is inevitable that Mexico will enter Phase 3. On April 5th, he said this could happen within a few weeks. Phase 3 is characterized by two basic elements: dispersed propagation, when cases begin to cluster with links that are difficult to trace, and overloading of the health care system, particularly the hospital Intensive Care wards.
In a video appeal recruiting medical personnel, Dr. Gatell said that April & May will be Mexico's most difficult time in this epidemic. Yesterday afternoon, Mexico's president said he "would like it very much" if the quarantine ended on Mothers Day (May 10), adding, "I would like it, but I don't decide, I'm not a specialist." He said the specialists will report on Thursday with their estimates, including when the most critical period is expected. President Obrador plans to make a detailed report today.
At yesterday's press conference, the Director of Epidemiology for the federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Jose Luis Alomia, spoke about the next phase of the epidemic, saying, "The most important element of Phase 3 is overloading of the healthcare system, particularly hospitals, including Intensive therapy. Therefore, the main challenge of Phase 3 is to ensure that there is availability of space for Care, having started, as we said before, the COVID-19 epidemic with a very deteriorated health system, with years, decades, of lack of investment, lack of development, shortage of doctors, nurses and facilities; that was the starting point."
On March 27, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico had 5,000 ventilators and that he'd authorized the purchase of 5,000 more from China.
An April 3 article in the Washington Post says: "Mexico’s $17 billion medical device industry is ramping up production of everything from ventilator components to thermometers and hospital beds — and scouring the country for workers willing to work through the pandemic. The products, manufactured largely in factories run by U.S. corporations, will land in almost every hospital in the United States. Very few will remain in Mexico."
“There’s this incredible irony that many of the medical devices that will save lives in the United States were made in Mexico, but most Mexicans won’t have access to them,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.
The US imports 30% of its medical devices and Mexico is the main supplier of these products. WP says, "As the world races to increase production of ventilators, many parts of those, too, will come from Mexico (to the US). Supply chains for ventilators straddle the border, with components pieced together in both countries."
On Thursday, President Obrador met with US President Trump, asking him to sell Mexico 10,000 ventilators and 10,000 monitors. At yesterday's press conference, Dr Gatell said there had been no response from the US government.
On Tuesday, 10.1 tons of gloves and masks from China arrived in Mexico. On Thursday, the Mexican government announced it had purchased medical supplies from China valued at 54.5 million US dollars, including 11.5 million KN95 masks. President Obrador ended yesterday's press conference early to hold a call with the President of China, seeking more medical devices and thanking him.
Reforma reports that in Phase 1, there were 9100 tests available at a rate of 200 per state, and the rest were in federal laboratories based in Mexico City. Two weeks ago, when Mexico entered Phase 2, 35,000 more tests were made available, but only 17,000 have been used, according to the official report. LINK
Athletes are invited to exercise in their homes, because exercising in the open air puts you at risk. From Civil Protection & the Firefighters.
There is a notice advising to obtain information from official sources with a copy of Isla Mujeres new traffic schedule and a "Fake" version that indicates this applies to the entire state and was put out by state health agencies. It is a local municipal advisory and only applies to Isla Mujeres.
IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital about Covid-19:
If you have TWO of these symptoms--Fever >38C, Cough, or Headache,
And at least ONE of these symptoms--Muscle pain, joint pain, sore throat, thoracic pain, difficulty breathing, runny nose, or conjunctivitis
Call the Isla Mujeres Covid-19 number: 998 135 8093
A doctor will see you and will advise you if it is necessary to go to the Community Hospital and will give you instructions.
Don't leave your home if it isn't absolutely necessary. Help us so that the health services aren't overwhelmed!
The City government encourages everyone to stay at home, and is helping with the distribution of food aid by the state government, which also includes a propane voucher. The City is also conducting surveillance to ensure the 'dry law' (no alcohol) isn't violated, to preserve an atmosphere of peace and tranquility during this health contingency. Ongoing training is being provided for public service workers and other City personnel about prevention of contagion and use of masks.
How do you take care of your emotions during Covid-19? Seek reliable information, choose activities you enjoy, exercise at home, pay attention to your diet and sleep habits, spend only a moment of the day obtaining information.
From Por Esto :
Windsurfers rescued at Punta Sur LINK
On Sunday afternoon with the help of a private individual, two windsurfers were rescued, who were having difficulties and were close to Punta Sur. Civil Protection was notified at 1pm, and Isauro Martinez Jr. attempted to assist them with his boat, but he said they refused to get in his boat and wanted to continue windsurfing. They were warned that this was a period of quarantine for coronavirus and they could face consequences from the authorities.
They came ashore at the beach by the La Joya Hotel, where municipal police were waiting for them and advised them that doing this again could result in an administrative sanction.
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Four rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white
sand beach and
the beautiful Caribbean sea, with
kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the upscale
neighborhood of Bachilleres,
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
separate. Quiet & Private.
|A large slider
opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table
& chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole,
and the outdoor shower is out of the pic at left. |
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
| At Sunset--April 7 6:54p (sets 7:04p)|
April 8 7:59
April 9 9:04
April 10 10:08
April 11 11:11
Sunset 7:02-7:12pm (beginning vs end of month)
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
LYRID METEOR SHOWER
The "shooting stars" will be more frequent in the pre-dawn hours, when the radiant point is highest in the sky. Look over the Caribbean, toward the northeastern horizon, but don't worry if you don't identify the radiant point (near the star Vega)--they can be seen in all parts of the night sky. (The radiant point is where they appear to originate.)
Watch in the pre-dawn hours of April 20, 21 & 22 (Mon-Wed). They'll peak in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, April 22. There may be some early on Thursday. You can also see three planets in the pre-dawn sky--Jupiter, Saturn & Mars, in the southeast.
There are records of this shower that go back some 2700 years, when the Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors "falling like rain" in 687 BC. The Lyrids are known for their occasional "outbursts", and observers have seen around 100 per hour in the US (1982), Japan (1945), and Greece (1922), with no predictions for this occurring this year.
The meteors are the debris of a comet (Thatcher) that takes 415 years to orbit the sun. They burn up in our atmosphere, about 60 miles up, while the star Vega is just a reference point and unconnected--it's trillions of times farther away.
HERE is an interactive sky map showing the position of the radiant (where the meteors appear to originate) in the sky above Isla Mujeres throughout the night & predawn. (Scroll forward to 10p+ when the radiant & Vega begin rising here.) You can change the date & location.
The Events section will resume when there are public events scheduled.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres