Friday, January 15, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 15

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 Today, Isla Mujeres reports three more cases of C-19 for a total of 250, with 23 deaths and 206 recovered. The geoportal for 1/15 reports six active cases by colonia with 1 in La Gloria, 1 in Salina Grande, and 4 in Meteorologico. On the national map for 1/14, Isla Mujeres reports 182 suspicious and 151 negatives.


GOVERNOR--Testing for Tourists, Vaccinations Have Begun & Businesses Need to Step Up C-19 Prevention Protocols 

     Last night, the Governor said both regions of the state will remain in Yellow on the state epidemiological traffic light, but statistics are trending toward orange rather than toward green. He said this is particularly true in the Southern Zone where the Contagion Risk Rate had been at 1.0 but has risen to 1.3, which was very concerning, and hospital occupancy is on the rise.    

      He said the Contagion Risk Rate has remained more stable in our Northern Zone, but is just above 1 and hospital occupancy has grown to 26%. He said Orange occurs 'in the 30's', but didn't specify a number. (A Contagion Risk Rate of less than 1 means a downward curve, at 1, each case infects one other case). 

    The Governor urged the business owners at all levels to take full responsibility for maintaining the protocols and precautions against Covid 19. He said when capacities are exceeded, facilities don't comply with hygiene measures, or are hiding behaviors they think aren't being seen, this represents irresponsibility and a lack of commitment to the state. He said this poses a risk to the safety of residents and visitors, which threatens the economic reactivation.

    The state Secretary of Tourism joined him to discuss the availability of tests for tourists, particularly antigen tests, which she said will be provided in hotels, guaranteeing coverage for 70,000 rooms, in addition to availability from clinics and laboratories.  She said they cost around $75usd and the requirement goes into effect on Jan. 26 for passengers returning to the United States, noting requirements went into effect for Canadians earlier in the month.

      The Governor talked about the vaccination program, explaining that by the end of day Thursday, 4334 doses had been administered, which is 89% of the doses received by the state on January 12th. He explained that after the health care workers are vaccinated, next they will be given by age, starting with those over 80, and consideration will be given for chronic illnesses that increase risk.  


 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)


  Noti Isla Mujeres

 Yesterday, Naval personnel rescued four people in a boat that was adrift 5.4 nautical miles (~10km) east of Isla Contoy. The Naval Search and Rescue Unit of Isla Mujeres received an emergency call that an IMEMSA-type boat named "Olivia" was adrift due to mechanical failures, with four Mexicans aboard. The Navy immediately dispatched a MLB-type boat with specialized personnel aboard, who provided assistance and brought the boat and crew to the Naval pier, where they were met by staff with the Harbor Master's office, to complete the required procedures. They were all in good health and didn't require any specialized medical care and left by their own means.


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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  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, but it's very possibly suspended this year. 

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


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