Saturday, April 18, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 18

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Cancun (Benito Juarez municipality) now has 200 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 15 deaths. Isla Mujeres remains at 1 case.
On April 16 at noon, Quintana Roo reports 279 positives with 28 deaths, 173 under study, and 475 negatives. There are 66 hospitalized, 116 in social isolation, and 69 recuperated. The positive cases are located: 200 in Benito Juarez (Cancun) with 15 deaths, 50 in Solidaridad (PDC) with 8 deaths, 9 in OPB (Chetumal) with 3 deaths, 4 in Tulum with 2 deaths, 9 positives in Cozumel, 2 in Jose M Morelos, and 1 in each of the other five municipalities, including Isla Mujeres.

 The National Campaign of Healthy Distance has been extended to May 30, to continue the mitigation measures for Covid-19, and regionalize them, segmenting mobility within Mexico.
       The Undersecretary of Health, Dr. López-Gatell and the Scientific Team (Equipo Científico) of specialists estimated the maximum peak of infections could arrive between May 8 and 10,  and the possible end of the first cycle of the pandemic could be reached around June 25, when 95% of the cases are expected by health authorities. They said this is dependent on following the recommendations of the Healthy Distance Campaign.
           Dr Gatell said that the pandemic is not developing in the same manner in all regions, and measures will regionalized based on the conditions in each zone. The greatest rates of transmission are in the metropolitan area of ​​the Valley of Mexico, and the cities of Tijuana; Mexicali; Guadalajara; Monterrey; Puebla and Cancun.  There are 474 municipalities or cities with  a very high incidence of transmission, and the main sources of contagion correspond to the main metropolitan areas of Mexico.
        However, there are more than 900 municipalities with low transmission rates where the quarantine may be lifted on May 17th. People living in a municipality with low transmission rates should not travel to regions with high levels of viral spread, and those in a municipality with high transmission should not travel to areas of low or no contagion.
           Dr Gatell explained, "We have said that reaching Phase 3 is inevitable; technically we are not yet in Phase 3 in general, but given the intensity of transmission, there are areas that should be treated as such."  He said removal of the quarantine in the main cities should be carried out gradually to prevent a rebounding of  the number of people infected.       
          President Lopez Obrador said, "As long as we continue to comply with the measures in the rest of the country, the restart of classes and productive activities will be on June 1st."
     The graphic shows the distribution of cases in relation to the municipalities with yellow indicating those (1,021) that adjoin the high transmission areas. Those in red (463), are the transmission areas of COVID-19. There are 979 municipalities with low transmission rates, in green.

Residential water usage in Quintana Roo has increased by 50% due to the Covid-19 recommendations, and the arrival of hot weather, which normally causes an increase of 15-20%.
CAPA (Commission for Tap Water & Sewerage) is asking for cooperation with water conservation and responsible use of this vital resource, which is needed in homes, hospitals, and communities. They request you:
Avoid filling swimming pools.
Take brief showers, 5 minutes is sufficient.
Avoid washing your car.
Repair any leaks.
"Now, more than ever, the water you waste is needed. Water is life, take care of it. "

From the City....

The City will continue having checkpoints & reminds the residents to stay inside except for essential needs like food and medicine, and to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Aguakan donated kits with hand sterilizer and face masks for the city employees who work directly with the general public including the police, firefighters, medical staff and volunteers who assist at the checkpoints. Dr. Xhanat Tze Gonzalez Mora thanked Aguakan and noted that it is very important for inhabitants to follow the recommendation to stay in their homes.

The "Dry Law" which went in effect on March 26th continues, to protect the population by avoiding social gatherings that can spread the virus, and to protect the economies of the families of Isla Mujeres.
     Supervisory tours were carried out in various stores to prevent the clandestine sale of alcoholic beverages, which will be punishable by a fine, and could result in closure.

There are infographics about bagging hazardous waste separately and labeling it, and one with the state recommendations, and one about hand washing technique, and one about Healthy Distancing.

On the mainland part of the municipality, Isla Mujeres firefighters are battling three forest fires affecting about 300 hectares. Tow are north of the village, adjacent with the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas and one is toward the border with the municipality of Puerto Morelos. They have a water pumping truck from the City, and are working in coordination with the residents, who are creating fire-blocks to prevent the flames from entering Francisco May.

The island government seeks to reduce spread of Covid-19 with campaign to stay home
      Faced with the imminent phase 3 of Covid-19, the municipal government has intensified preventative actions to care for citizenry which include a mobility schedule, random checkpoints and mandatory use of face masks.    
      Dr. Xhanat Tze González Mora, who is the liaison for preventive actions against coronavirus, emphasized that they will intensify the wake-up call to people who are outside their homes and are not performing essential activities because, within phase 3 which is coming next, you can expect the possibility of regional outbreaks, so it is essential to preserve healthy distance.
         She said, that the municipality is prepared for the next scenario, however, this requires the collaboration of the inhabitants to get ahead of the pandemic, and, one of the measures that have been implements is the mandatory wearing of face masks when people leave their homes, which will reduce the possible contagion of the virus. She recommended hygiene measures such as washing your hands before wearing it, keeping your hands clean when moving it, and if it is disposable, throw it in a closed trash container and not on the street.
  She said for masks that are home made, these same hygiene measure must be employed, and when you arrive home, wash your hands with soap and water, then remove the mask and immediately wash it with soap and water and later, leave it in the sun. She mentioned that City has implemented a limited mobility plan with three specific schedules, to avoid agglomerations, and there are random checkpoints so that people to stay in their homes, except for essential reasons. 
State Covid-19 Flowchart
If you have...38 degree fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pain, difficulty breathing, headache joint pain...
 And if you also have taken a foreign trip and/or had contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
Do you have these symptoms?
Yes?...Information on who to call who will provide information about testing, then the graphic continues with if the test is positive. (If negative, reinforce your measures of prevention)

No? Reinforce measures of prevention (given..hand washing, covering coughs/sneeze w arm or tissue, using antiseptic gel, don't touch your face, clean surfaces w bleach & soap)
Infographic for the state health questionnaire

TVisla Mujeres    
Don't waste water on leisure activities  
     The Commission for Drinking Water and Sewerage (CAPA), reiterates the call to the population to use drinking water in a responsible and rational manner, thus how to avoid its waste in leisure activities, since it is a vital resource for public health and is currently needed both in homes and hospitals; reason why the solidarity and the support of all the population is necessary to guarantee that nobody lacks water.
   He said that in each hot season water consumption normally increases 15 to 20 percent, but now, given that people are in their homes more due to the recommendations for social distancing caused by Covid-19 and the hygiene measures, there has been an increase in the demand for tap water by up to 50 percent.
   Over-consumption has also been detected due to the irrational use in leisure activities such as filling home-made pools that hold many liters of water that are generally not reused; and the use of hoses for car washing and garden irrigation; or in rural areas, the use of tap water for irrigating plots is observed; therefore the population is advised to avoid such activities and to be more aware about the responsible use of water.
      Basic water conservation recommendations have been issued such responsible use of the water stored in cisterns and water tanks, repairing internal leaks in the house, taking showers of 5 minutes maximum, using a glass of water when brushing teeth, and washing clothes in maximum loads when using the washing machine, among others.  LINK   

The only positive case of COVID-19 in Isla Mujeres has recovered, according to a report from the State Health Authority (SESA). They said the 33 year-old male followed recommendations and was isolated in his home for two weeks, and is now considered to be recovered. He remains under observation by the epidemiology department.
The secretary of health, Alejandra Crespo Aguirre, and Governor Carlos Joaquín have insisted that people should remain in their homes, since Phase Three could start soon, when there are more risks of contagion.
The Governor made it clear in a recent interview that there are various undesirable scenarios that cannot be ruled out in case the pandemic spreads.
TV Isla Mujeres reports that work is being done on the conditioning of the Community Hospital (Second Level), to attend to this type of emergency and that the Convention Center could be enables to serve patients if necessary, in a more extreme situation. Therefore it has been requested that in order to avoid reaching these scenarios, it is better that people stay at home and avoid going out. LINK 

From  Por Esto :

Por Esto reports that passengers using the Terminal in Puerto Juarez to board the Naveganto ferry are required to show their voter credential or other official document to confirm they are residents who need to return to the island. An island resident reported that passengers were being asked for their INE credential by two police officers, which is a measure she praised, but she questioned why this isn't being done with the Ultramar passengers.
  It has been two weeks since Ultramar was asked by the municipal government to stop transporting tourists to the island, but it continues to ignore this request and to sell round trip tickets to visitors. After their arrival, they are advised to return to the mainland by municipal police and personnel with Civil Protection. It occurs with several visitors daily, who arrive to tour around the streets, or visit the beaches and return to the terminal. LINK   (The beaches are closed & travel is restricted to essential errands like shopping for food or obtaining medications.)


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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)
Sunrise  6:40--6:17am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

     This year, the nearly new crescent moon won't interfere, and you may see as many as 18 meteors per hour, at the peak. Occasionally, this shower produces 'fireballs' (exceptionally bright meteors) and about a quarter of Lyrid meteors leave persistent trails of ionized gas that glow for a few seconds. 
       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

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