Monday, August 10, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 10

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Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report at total of 101 positives with 6 deaths and 51 recovered.
The state Geoportal still has yesterday's data for active cases by colonia (which I posted with yesterday report). On the national map for 8/10, the municipality reports 2 suspicious and 51 negatives (with 101 confirmed and 6 deaths).
 The Growth Rate in the Northern Zone has decreased this week to 1.0 (from 1.2 last week) and in the south to 1.8 (from 2.3), and the Southern Zone has been upgraded from red to orange.

August 9--

Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case for a total of 101 positives, with 6 deaths and 51 recovered.
The state geoportal reports 23 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-5, Salina Grande-4, Ampl la Gloria-2, Caridad del Cobre-2, Colonia #6-2, Miraflores-1, Canotal-1, Lol-Beh-1, Salina Chica-1, Aeropuerto-1, Guadalupana-1, Colonia #5 (Sac Bajo)-1, Meteorologico-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 8/8, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 4 suspicious and 50 negatives (with 100 total confirmed cases and 6 deaths).

In a video this morning, the Chief of Police confirmed that they found a lifeless body with gunshot wounds in colonia La Gloria, on Canane street, when they responded to a call for help at 11pm last night. The municipal police are working in coordination with the National Guard and the state Prosecutor's office, and are unable to release further details while the investigation is ongoing

     Regarding the two men shot at FOVISSTE on Friday night, Chief of Police Jaime Ongay Ortiz issued a video statement on Saturday saying they taken to the General Hospital in Cancun. He said the incident was under investigation and allegedly associated with the purchase of drugs, according to an interview with one of the victims.
         In Chief Ongay Ortiz's video statement about Tuesday's shooting victims, he said they were a man and a woman, a couple, whose injuries were not life-threatening. He said the incident was allegedly associated with an altercation during the purchase of clandestine alcohol at 1:50am, near FOVISSTE and Pompano street.
      Yesterday the Chief of Police released a statement asking the public to refrain from making false 911 calls, which he said have increased, and he recommended seeking information from official sources, only. He said, "We ask the populace to ignore rumors spreading on social media; so-called trolls have grown exponentially on Facebook, who are only trying to create an environment of uncertainty."
There's a false rumor going around that "The Beaches Are Opening Aug. 20" which apparently arose from Solidaridad's upcoming Pilot Program. That's the municipality for Playa del Carmen, whose Mayor, Laura Beristain Navarrete, announced a PILOT plan to open THEIR beaches for TEN days, with protocols & restrictions. On August 30th, they will evaluate whether people were compliant, to determine if their beaches will be remain open or closed.
The measures that will be imposed by the municipal government of Solidaridad include healthy distancing, not bringing alcoholic beverages, and groups no larger than three people.
The beaches throughout our Northern Zone of Q Roo will open at 60% when our status is upgraded to Yellow on the state epidemiological Traffic Light, which is updated Thursdays at 9p, for the following Monday-Sunday.
Photo by Arturo Peña, thanks!

The Mayor's response to last night's fatal shooting--"Faced with the events that occurred yesterday, we have been in direct communication with the state government to address the criminal case where very unfortunately one person lost his life. We are working in coordination between the municipality, the state and the National Guard, strengthening security measures and supporting the prosecution for clarification of the facts."

An adolescent Hawksbill turtle was rescued from the dock near Mia Hotel by Tortugranja personnel in response to a report. It was taken to their facilities and examined for external injuries, then taken to the veterinary clinic for x-rays. It was found to be malnourished. With assistance from the Caribbean Tortuguero group, it was taken to Xcaret, where they have specialized equipment for its care.


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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 
 Just after Sunset--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. 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 August, 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

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

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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