Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, April 28

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Rain?! (It's dry season & has been a long while since it rained.) The National Weather Service forecast: Cold front #57 will extend over the Yucatan Peninsula, in a process of dissipation, causing heavy rain in Chiapas and intermittent showers in Yucatan and Quintana Roo. The morning & early afternoon have been sunny, with a few scattered clouds & a little more overcast/hazy in the later afternoon.
Graphic-Corriente en chorro=Jet stream, Viento fuerte=Strong winds, Linea seca=Dry line, B=Low pressure, A=High pressure.

The municipal DIF (social service agency) received a donation of 300 dispensas/grocery-staples from Hotel Belo, which they will distribute to vulnerable members of the community, house-by-house.

Banamex is closed until Thursday for disinfecting.

This morning from MVC Bed & Beach...
#1 Spectacular pre-sunrise
#2 Trying to break thru
#3 Sunrise!

TUESDAY-There have been 47 more cases in Q Roo since yesterday, of which 37 were in Cancun. So far, the state has done a total of 1506 tests, of which 46.3% have been positive and 53.7% have been negative.
On April 28, Quintana Roo reports 697 positive cases of Covid-19 with 91 deaths, 166 under study, and 312 recuperated. There are 150 hospitalized and 144 in social isolation. Isla Mujeres continues to have on active case & one recovered case.  Benito Juarez (Cancun) has 523 cases with 56 deaths and 240 recuperated.

MONDAY--In two days, 100 more cases have been reported in Q.Roo, of which 79 were in Cancun. Since last Monday, the number of deaths statewide have increased from 32 to 85 (+165%) with a rate of 1 per 7.6 cases.
On April 27, Quintana Roo reports 650 positive cases with 85 deaths, 124 under study, and 184 recuperated. There are 156 hospitalized and 215 in social isolation. Isla Mujeres continues to have one active and one recuperated case. Benito Juarez (Cancun) reports 486 cases with 53 deaths and 122 recuperated.

SUNDAY--Q Roo reported its largest increase in cases today, with an additional 53 since yesterday, of which 40 are in Cancun. Isla Mujeres has one active case and one recovered case. Last week, the number of deaths statewide doubled (30 to 60), with another 19 so far this week. The death rate statewide is 1 in 7.6 positive cases and for Cancun it's 1 in 8.8
On April 26, Quintana Roo reports 603 positives with 79 deaths, 66 under study, and 179 recuperated. There are 140 hospitalized and 205 in social isolation. In Benito Juarez (Cancun) there are 447 positives with 51 deaths and 119 recuperated.

Monday's sunrise...

little yellow school house
"These are Strange Days for sure, the school made and delivered 300 Hamburgers to some of the vulnerable on Isla Mujeres. It is an opportunity to show the same love and care the school provides to this community. It also allows an opportunity to check on families of previous students to the school and some of the forgotten families on the island. This post is not meant to bring attention to the good works of anyone, but to demonstrate the level of commitment the school has for its community. If you want help in any way we welcome you to contact us directly."

In National news~~SEDENA (Ministry of National Defense) is seeking medical personnel for hospitals to treat patients with Covid-19. They are seeking:
-Specialist doctors, for a salary of 35,773 pesos/month
-General doctors, for 22,969 p/mo
-Specialist nurses, for 20,969 p/mo
-Laboratory & X-ray techs for 15,000 p/mo.
Working 6 days a week, that's $25-$65usd/day.
Five day weeks would be $30 to $78/day.
15,000 is ~$650usd or ~$150/wk for lab/Xray techs.
21,000 is ~$900usd or ~$210/wk for specialty nurses
23,000 is~$1000usd or ~$225/wk for general doctors
35,800 is ~$1550usd or ~$390/wk for specialty doctors

Staff with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), the municipal Department of Civil Protection, and officers with the municipal police department continue to patrol and monitor the beaches on the island and in the Continental Zone to prevent the presence of people in these public areas, in response to the health situation caused by Covid-19, particularly now that the pandemic is in Phase 3 in Mexico.
   Access is restricted to all beaches including Playa Centro, North Beach, and the Pet Friendly beach, as part of the strategies to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The head of ZOFEMAT, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, said there are also personnel at the street entrances to the beaches to advise people that they cannot access the beaches now, who invite them to return to their homes and not expose themselves unnecessarily.
   She said, "We are requesting that everyone stay in their homes. It's not a vacation, if we all do our part soon we will be able to enjoy the goodness offered by our island, but we must follow the health and hygiene recommendations that authorities have provided; social distancing is paramount to stop the spread of the virus."

The info-graphic is published again about labeling contaminated trash/hazardous waste as "Peligros" after putting it in a separate bag.
This info-graphic is titled Actions to protect senior citizens (hand washing, covering when coughing/sneezing with arm or tissue, distancing 1.5 meters, greeting without contact, disinfecting common surfaces & objects in the home, stay away from them if you have respiratory illness symptoms, and use face masks when you care for them if you have symptoms of a cold. )

There are photos published yesterday afternoon of the three levels of government working together to deliver the second food assistance packages in the Continental Zone of the municipality.

If you leave home, remember that it is mandatory to wear a face mask.

TVisla Mujeres    

In the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas, brush fires on the mainland near Chiquila can be seen from Isla Holbox, more than 8 kms. away, with this image circulating on social media. LINK 
      The fire has been active for a week, and continues to gain ground due to the dry savannas in the areas, the lack of rain, and the intense heat, despite the efforts of members of the Chiquila ejidatario. Firefighters from the state Department of Civil Protection or other brigades of firefighters are expected to arrive to fight the forest fire which is affecting various hectares of the Yum Balam natural reserve. That area is the source of a dispute between locals and a business group from Yucatan who are planning a large tourism development.

In Mexico, the number of deaths from Covid-19 has reached 1434, and the number of confirmed cases is at 15,529 (as of Monday evening's report.) LINK 

VIDEO of erosion at a section of North Beach where a palm is endangered, near Leidy's palapa.

VIDEO of North Beach whose captions says it looks fantastic, despite some erosion. 

A resident of Isla Mujeres ("Juan Carlos, 49")  lost control of his pickup truck in Playa del Carmen on the road to Puerto Morelos around 2pm on Sunday and the vehicle flipped. Fortunately he was unharmed, and he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. (photo)

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Condolences to the family and friends of the victim who was found murdered by knife wounds in her home in colonia La Gloria, who worked for the municipal Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters. Her boyfriend is in custody. VIDEO (of cordoned street)


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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

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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