Thursday, April 9, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 9

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   In Cancun, the number of cases of Covid-19 quadrupled in the past week and a half (from 23 to 92).
In the past five days, deaths statewide increased by 800% (from 1 to 9, with 5 in Cancun). 
     In the past week, cases statewide have increased more than 175% (from 50 to 138) and Cancun increased more than 160%  (from 35 to 92). Hospitalizations increased more than 255% (from 7 to 25).
      With two days remaining in Week 4, the state already has 2.5 times as many cases as the end of Week 3 (Cancun is at 2.4x).  (Statistics as of April 7 6p report)

Date        QRoo  Can  PDC  IM  Dead Hosp Rec
WEEK 1                                                             
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         
WEEK 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         
WEEK 4----------------------------------------------
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 
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          On April 7 at 6p, Q Roo had a total of 138 confirmed cases with 9 dead and 25 hospitalized. There were 92 positives in Benito Juarez (Cancun), 31 in Solidaridad (PDC), 5 in Cozumel, 3 in Tulum, 3 in OPB (Chetumal), and 1 each in Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Bacalar, and Felipe C Puerto. The deaths are 5 in Cancun, 3 in PDC and 1 in Chetumal. 25 cases have recuperated. You're reminded to Stay At Hom

On April 8 at 6p, Quintana Roo had 146 registered positive cases with 10 deaths, 25 hospitalized, and 34 recuperated. There were 207 cases under study, and 321 negatives. There were 77 in social isolation. Benito Juarez (Cancun) had 100 cases with 5 deaths, Solidaridad (Playa de Carmen) had 31 with 3 deaths, OTB (Chetumal) had 3 cases with one death, Cozumel had 5 cases, Tulum had 3 cases, and there was on case in each of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morales, Bacalar, and Felipe C Puerto. There are two municipalities with zero cases. You are reminded to Stay At Home.

From the City....

Stay home, but if you must go out and wait in a line, keep a healthy distance to take care of me and to take care of you.

Isla Mujeres beaches remain closed
     Access has been restricted until further notice for residents and locals to the beaches Centro, Norte, "Pet Friendly" and the beaches in the Continental Zone to avoid congregating and possible contagion of Covid-19, which is among the measures taken by the municipal government. The head of the Federal Zone agency (ZOFEMAT) emphasized that it is priority for people to protect themselves in their homes and avoid exposing themselves, so there is staff on the beaches of the island and the Continental Zone who invites people who try to access the beaches to return home and leave only if it is essential. 

A checkpoint has been implemented on the road to Francisco May in the mainland part of the municipality to persuade residents to remain at home, as well as advising them to use the health and hygiene recommendations, to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Clean and disinfect items in your home that whose use is shared.

There is an info-graphic about when and why you should wash your hands and one about separating and labeling trash as hazardous waste that contains masks, tissues, syringes, gloves, etc, both from the state Health Department.

TVisla Mujeres    

Quintana Roo leader in unemployment by Covid-19
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Quintana Roo leads the country in unemployment due to Covid-19
   Wednesday morning, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on the companies have had to resort to the dismissal of their workers, featuring several companies in Quintana Roo, which tops the list, whose dates are March 13 to April 6.

    The state of Quintana Roo reports the greatest loss of employment with 63,847; followed by Mexico City, 55,591; Nuevo León, 23,465; Jalisco, 21,535; the State of Mexico, 16,036 and Tamaulipas with 12,656.
      These six states comprise 56 percent of the 346,878 sources of employment that were lost due to the Civid-19 pandemic, according to data from the Federal government. According to the report presented during the President's conference, the companies based in Quintana Roo that have dismissed workers are:  ADERNOV SA de CV with 145 (sic?); Meryucatan, (2, 500), Construyendo ACO Riviera SA de CV (2, 318), Rivera Mayan (2, 390) , Monitoreo Maya (1, 951); Roo Caribe Construcciones (1, 363), Desarrollos Dine (1, 260), Hotel Gran Caribe real (1, 251), las Antillas construcciones (1, 149), hotelera Palace resortes (1, 149), Promociones y desarrollos Ribera Mueres (1, 054), Mérida SA de CV (1, 021), Hoteles Solaris de México (897); BDR servicios hoteleros (885), servicios hoteleros del Caribe (874), Servicios Resorts SA de CV (870), Consultora Torre Noriega (755), Servicios hoteleros del Yucatán (755), Experiencias Xcaret Parques (699), Koft Solutions (710), and RCM servicio hotelero (685).
    The Federal government reports that, in general,  there are about 216,000 workers who lost their jobs who no longer have access to IMSS health services, because they did not meet the eight weeks requirement.  LINK  

    Brigades are working to deliver food and gas vouchers, house by house, which are two of the five supports for family tranquility announced by Governor Carlos Joaquín, intending to meet the established goal of assistance to 500,000 households throughout the state within 15 to 20 days.
  The brigades are wearing vests and yellow caps, gloves and face masks, delivering the assistance to the entrances of homes, with 110,350 already accomplished. 
          On Wednesday, which was the third day,  they delivered to 28,680 homes. The personnel have been trained, contact is avoided, and residents should stay in their homes during delivery and show their ID. The brigades are assisted by personnel with the Navy, National Defense, Quintana Roo Police,  National Guard and with the municipalities.
       The five supports consist of food, gas, water, electricity and health so that people stay home, the contagion is mitigated and lives are saved, and were launched by Governor Carlos Joaquín last Monday.
    The goal is to provide at least 500,000 food supports, house by house, to the families who need it most; those who lost their jobs due to the health contingency and saw their income decrease. They will also be assisted with more than 400,000 vouchers of four kilograms of LP gas.
       Regarding tap water, Carlos Joaquín ordered that there be no cuts in service, and exemptions or deferred payments will be given in support of more than 520,000 families.
        Regarding electricity, through an agreement with the CFE, at least 500,000 families  will have 250 kWh paid for one month in April.
       Regarding physical and mental health, there are the "Doctor in your home" and "Health caravans" programs, and emoitional support is available through 911. LINK  

       APIQRoo (state Port Authority) reports that passenger arrivals are at an all time low, noting the current number is 10 percent of what it was a month ago. They reported that until three weeks abot, an average of 15,000 people crossed daily, noting that during peak vacation periods this number can reach up to 28,000 people daily, which is a figure that not even the Cozumel Terminal has reached.
      Terminal manager Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández,said there are currently about 1500 people crossing daily, which is an historical low since APIQRoo began in 1994, even with hurricanes.  She said that when hurricanes  have interrupted service, it was restored within two or three days, but the current situation is much more serious. She there is little to compare to the 2009 AH1-N1 influenza emergency, which, although it affected many hotels, did not completely stop commercial activity, as has happened now.  LINK   

To attend to Phases 2 and 3 of this Health Emergency, SEDENA (federal Ministry of National Defense) has put into operation the DN-III-E Plan, for which has funding for 16,750 medical personnel. The specialist doctors who participate will earn a gross monthly salary of 35,572 pesos. (~$1500 usd). LINK  
      According to the list, a general practitioner will have a gross monthly salary of 22,969.20 pesos, and a specialist nurse will earn 20,969.20 pesos. A general nurse will have a gross salary per month of 18,359 pesos. Secretaries and administrative clerks will earn 10,000 pesos monthly.
        In order to have the 20,444 in staff that the SEDENA needs to attend the hospitals that it will administer in the contingency, a call was launched to hire 3,694 people who are needed in different medical specialties and trades. As of last week, 1,152 applicants had completed the process to fill the positions needed by the agency. They are seeking specialists in critical and internal medicine, pulmonology, cardiology and emergency medicine are required. In nursing, specialists are needed in critical medicine for adults, pediatrics and neonates.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is preparing for the blackout scheduled for Thursday, April 9 with plans to start up five electrical generators which will be installed in some building so that they won't be affected by the power outage. Two are at Aguakan plants, one at the Naval hospital, one at the Naval offices and one at ISSTE. Some are curious about the large power plant that was installed at the airfield more than a year ago, which according to the CFE is not yet in operation and could be completed this year. LINK 

I'm going to publish this now since the electricity is due to go out shortly for the next seven hours or so. 


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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


The buses operate from 6a to 10p. The overhead digital display indicates whether they're going to the Tourism areas or the Colonias.The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they're numbered 1 thru 10.

The main downtown stops are just south of the Maritime (Ultramar) Terminal & across the street from it. In Centro, the buses stay on Medina, except they turn around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado. Outside of town, there are no designated stops & you flag them. Exit thru the back door, first pushing the red button nearby so the driver knows to stop.

Pay the driver 38 pesos/$2usd (or $9/175p for an all day pass). The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The 32 passenger buses have air conditioning & security cameras. (State residents pay 10p, INAPAM card holders & local students pay 5p.)  LINK to bus company page on FB.


Route 1 goes down the western side on Rueda Medina and returns northward on the east side via Jesus Martinez Ross. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.

Route 2 goes down the eastern side on Jesus Martinez Ross and returns northward on the west side via Medina. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.

Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites.
#1 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces to downtown, traveling thru Salina Chica,
 #2 going southward turns left/east just before Salina Chica, leaving JM Ross & taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologico. I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art.


Now the company advises riding #3 to Sac Bajo and #4 to Punta Sur. 

Route 3 goes to Sac Bajo, down the western side of the isle on Medina.
(It was originally advertised as also going to Punta Sur. Then they said it only went to P.S. when that was the destination of passengers aboard, and otherwise after routing thru Sac Bajo it turned east on Paseo Peces & returned via the Caribbean Coastal road, Payo Obispo.)

Route 4 goes to Punta Sur & Garrafon down east side on the Caribbean Coastal road and returning northward on Medina to town.

This isn't a bus route map, it's a street map, showing how Jesus Martinez Ross follows the Caribbean coast until becoming the main street of Salina Chica and going on to La Gloria, while the Caribe Coastal road (aka Payo Obispo) follows the coast. The east-west transit, Paseo de los Peces, is shown, but not labeled, between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. 

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