Sunday, July 26, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 26

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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The Mayor announced--"Friends, I must inform you that the lab test I took this week came back positive to Covid-19. I feel calm and without symptoms so far, and I am following the instructions of the health authorities. I will stay responsibly at home and from here I will continue to attend all the actions to be carried out in our municipality."
The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 68 cases, with 4 deaths and 37 recovered.

The state geoportal for 7/26 shows the active cases by colonia in the municipality of Isla Mujeres are located as follows: La Gloria-6, Downtown-1, Meteorologico-1, Salina Grande-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, Miraflores-1, El Canotal-1, and none on the mainland, for a total of 12.
(Yesterday, the active cases were.... La Gloria-7, Downtown-3, Salina Grande-2, Miraflores-2, Caridad del Cobre-1)
The national map for 7/25 reports the municipality of Isla Mujeres had 3 suspicious cases and 44 negatives (with 68 confirmed and 4 deaths).
The Incidence Rate hasn't been updated and is for 7/23 at 8.72 per 10,000 inhabitants. The weekly ranking for contagion zones is unchanged with La Gloria and downtown in red.

This Tropical Wave with a broad area of low pressure is producing a wide area of disorganized showers & thunderstorms as it moves westward at ~20mph. Environmental conditions are expected to be conductive for development into a Tropical Depression in the next few days at it nears the Lesser Antilles. 
#1 shows a medium 60% chance of formation within 48 hours 
#2 shows a high 90% chance of formation within 5 days.

This new trash collection schedule begins Monday.
The Director of the municipal Public Services Department, Pablo Jesús Moreno Povedano, said the Trash Transfer facility is open from 7am to 3pm and he reminded the residents to avoid agglomerations when unloading waste there. He said, ′′I ask the island population to be aware of the health situation we go through and take care of others, therefore it is advisable to spray the trash bags with water and chlorine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and take care of each other."

VIDEO--the Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said that municipal police, in coordination with the National Guard, responded to a 911 complaint about suspicious people in an abandoned building near Punta Sur, on the road to Garrafon. This operation resulted in the arrest of W.P.G., 26, and H.A.G.,25, with various doses of white powder and baggies of plant material. They will be turned over to the Prosecutor's Office for the crime of narco-retail.

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A supervisory tour was carried out by personnel with the municipal Department of Fiscalización y Cobranza (Control & Collection) in coordination with personnel with SEFIPLAN (Ministry of Finance & Planning) at various shops to verify they are complying with the established sanitary measures. LINK   
      The Director of Fiscalizacion, Ulises Berman Graniel, said they verified that open shops such as restaurants, shops, and laundries are working at 30 percent of their capacity and that employees are using their personal protective equipment (face masks, shields and / or glasses). ) as well as having antibacterial gel available. He said, "It is important that business owners or managers comply adequately with the regulations established for the opening of their business. Some of the measures established are keeping surfaces clean, disinfecting them at least twice a day, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters from the customers, in the case of stores, ensuring that products are disinfected, among other measures." They also verified that the owners close their premises at the established times and that they respect the hours of sale of alcoholic beverages.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)
  July 5      8:18 
 July 6      9:09
July 7      9:53
July 8      10:34
July 9      11:10

 Sunset  7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:09-6:20am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in July. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight,  and continue thru August 23rd.

Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.

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
LINK to NHC   

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