Saturday, May 2, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 2

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Transport Modules & PPE's Delivered to the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital & the Naval Hospital
Three transport modules were donated to the Community Hospital and one to the Naval Hospital in a citizen initiative working jointly with the municipal government, according to Isla Mujeres Covid-19 Prevention Liaison, Dr. Xhanat Tse Gonzalez Mora.
She said that PPE's (Personal Protective Equipment) were delivered for the doctors, nurses and other staff who are in contact with suspected patients, which were provided by the Pro-Patient Diabetic Club of Isla Mujeres. They supplied 25 kits for the Community Hospital and 10 for the ISSSTE.
(Editor's Note: We are still collecting donations toward a goal of providing 100 kits, which can be sent to We would also like to provide kits for the first responders, paramedics, etc.)
This collaboration between private organizations and the municipal government is in response to a need to increase prevention measures and protocols during Phase 3 when a greater number of asymptomatic cases and cases with mild symptoms are expected, as well as serious cases.
The doctor emphasized the importance of the recommendations to maintain social isolation at home and not leaving unless necessary, using face masks, and observing healthy distance. (And frequent hand washing & disinfecting are important, too!)
Source: Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres


 On May 2, Quintana Roo reports a total of 888 positive cases of Covid-19 with 118 deaths, 431 recuperated, 187 hospitalized and 152 in social isolation. Benito Juarez (Cancun) reports 666 positives, 82 deaths and 335 recuperated. Isla Mujeres is unchanged with a total of 5 cases, which include on recuperated and 4 active.


#1-Bus service is suspended on Saturdays & Sundays until further notice. The usual schedule will continue on Mondays thru Fridays.

#2-The hard-working trash collectors get a day off on Tuesday, "Cinco de Mayo".

#3-May is Sea Turtle Month and the beginning of nesting season (for the next six months). The graphic says: Our objective is to preserve and care for the species, Keep our beaches clean, Don't consume eggs or turtle products. The ban is total and permanent. Did you know? Three species of turtles nest on our shores-Green, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill. The turtle says: Thanks to the efforts of Don Gonzalo Chale in the conservation of Sea Turtles since 1965, Isla Mujeres is a pioneer in this work. The icons indicate: Don't touch them, don't take flash photos, don't eat them, help conserve them.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres

On May 1st, Quintana Roo reports 825 positive cases of Covid-19 with 118 deaths, 154 cases under study, 411 recuperated, 169 hospitalized and 127 in social isolation. Isla Mujeres remains unchanged with 1 recuperated case and 4 active ones for a total of 5 positives. Cancun reports 619 positives, 82 deaths and 327 recovered.
Note there are more hospitalized than in social isolation, which is unusual. The death rate statewide is 1 in 7 cases and in Cancun 1 in 7.5.
This is the start of Week 8 (the first case was on Friday, 3/13) and statewide, there are 314 more cases than at the start of Week 7 (from 511 to 825, a 62% increase). Cancun had 241 more cases this week (from 378 to 619, a 64% increase). 
  Since the start of Week Six, two weeks ago, reported cases more that tripled and deaths nearly quadrupled...and Isla went from one to five.

New Municipal Restrictions
>Driver only on motorcycles-no passengers
>Taxis are limited to two passengers, back seat only
>Golf carts and private vehicles are limited to one passenger, in back seat,
>All must be out for essential purposes such as an urgent matters or obtaining supplies, and are reminded that face masks are mandatory in public and healthy distance and hygiene measures should be employed.
>Meetings, including "banquet meetings" are strictly prohibited in public or private places, as well as outdoor (group) activities at private homes.(actividades de esparcimiento en los domicilios particulares).
Meeting or gathering in the doorways or fronts of the homes of neighbors, friends or family is absolutely prohibited. "We are in quarantine and whoever disobeys this provision can be subject to fines or arrest".

Measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 have been strengthened during the current Phase 3 to preserve the health of Isla Mujeres families.
Source: Policía y Tránsito Isla Mujeres

From yesterday morning (Friday) 

While Mexico City remains the epicenter for Covid-19 cases in Mexico, Quintana Roo stands out among the states.
The MAP shows the incident rate per 100,000 inhabitants of ACTIVE cases. Mexico City is highest with 18.4, and Quintana Roo is in third place at 12.1, just behind Tabasco at 12.3. The National rate is 4.6 and all the other states are less than 10. (Active cases are those whose symptoms began in the past 14 days.)
The GRAPHIC show the incident rate per 100,000 inhabitants of ACCUMULATED cases. Mexico City leads with 57.8, followed by Quintana Roo at 45.7. The National rate is 15.0 and all the other states are less than 20, except Tabasco, the Bajas California and Sinaloa.
This is official data from yesterday, April 30, when the Ministry of Health reported 1,859 deaths and 19,224 positive cases of Covid-19 in Mexico. They're interactive at the source:

 Afternoon of April 30-
 Isla Mujeres has reported another case, for a total of 5 of which one is recuperated and 4 are active in the municipality.
On April 30, Quintana Roo reports 788 positive cases with 116 deaths, 174 under study and 402 recuperated. There are 155 hospitalized and 115 in social isolation. Benito Juarez, (Cancun) reports 597 positive with 80 deaths and 323 recuperated. That gives the state a death rate of 1 in 6.8 and Cancun at 1 in 7.5.


On Thursday, April 30 the air smelled strongly of smoke, starting around 3am (when there was also a brief electricity outage). A haze became evident at dawn. This was attributed to forest fires on the mainland and a change in wind direction. Brush fires are common at  this time of year when it is dry season and there is agricultural burning, but smoke like this over Isla Mujeres, Cancun & Playa del Carmen is not.The municipal Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters recommend ed closing doors and windows and blocking them with wet rags to prevent entry of the smoke.

Photos at 7am from MVC B&B: The photos of the Caribbean are looking NE, E & SE. The last one is looking WNW over the bay toward Cancun.

At 9:30am from MVC--
All Clear! Visibility is back to normal, the odor of smoke has faded considerably & there's a breeze from the west refreshing our house. These are shot from the east coast of the isle in Bachilleres. #1 looks west ~6 miles across the isle & bay to Cancun. #2 looks north to Centro & islet Yunque. #3 is southeast over the Caribbean & a little fishing boat. Pardon the slant...I can't see the screen in bright sunlight.

April 29 --There are now 11 active forest fires in Quintana Roo
    The graphic of Mexico is from yesterday's report by CONAFOR who note that the southeastern region of Mexico currently has the most forest fires. It says--There are 12 active fires in Chiapas, 11 in Quintana Roo and 5 in Yucatan. It is to be considered that during this season of the year, this region is characterized by intense agricultural burning, which is carried out in order to prepare the land for planting various crops.
The lack of preventative activities, as well as the wind and heat conditions, make the situation more favorable for forest fires. CONAFOR reports that the state of of the forces for combat actions in this area of the country will be announced shortly.
The photo is from nearly two weeks ago when the Isla Mujeres firefighters spent a week successfully putting out three fires affecting about 300 hectares, and were monitoring two more. Of the three they extinguished, two were located north of Francisco May, adjacent to Lazaro Cardenas, and the third was on the border with the municipality of Puerto Morelos. Of the two they were monitoring, one was at Rancho Viejo village and the other was from the neighboring municipality of Puerto Morelos.
The CONAFOR graphic says in 2019 the principle causes of forest fires was--30% intentional, 22% Agricultural activities, 12% bonfires, 11% unknown, 9% Livestock activities, 6% smokers. Their caption on the last photo explains that between the wet rainforests and the arid ecosystems, there is the dry jungle, which is tropical but with characteristics of semi-arid locations. (Last photo) During this season, it has a landscape that is full of leafless shrubs with shades of ochre and grey, which looks as tho it is dying, but when the rains fall, it becomes green, abundant, and full of life.

April 29-The largest fire in Quintana Roo is in Bacalar, which has an area of ​​1,400 hectares, and 77 firefighters are working to mitigate it.
As of April 26, nine active forest fires were reported, affecting 5,137 hectares in Quintana Roo; two days later, there now are 11, which increased the affected area to 8,406 hectares. (That is 32.5 square miles.)
Today the National Forestry Commission of Quintana Roo (CONAFOR) reported that, from January 1 to April 28, 2019, 10 fires were registered with an affected area of ​​1,754 hectares.
During this same period of this year, 41 fires have been registered, of which 11 remain active, with three located in Othón P. Blanco, two in Lázaro Cárdenas, one in Solidaridad, one in Benito Juárez, one in Bacalar, one in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, one in José María Morelos and one more in Puerto Morelos.
The fire that until now is the most extensive is in Bacalar, located 36 kilometers from the Bacalar Reforma junction in the midst of bush-like vegetation with an area of ​​1400 hectares, it has been controlled at 10% and has been mitigated 5 percent.

Yesterday (Friday) In our municipality we do not have active wildfires currently, but constant monitoring continues and we are ready to activate coordination protocols if necessary.~~From the Isla Mujeres Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters
Ultracarga (vehicle ferry) began a new schedule on Wednesday, April 29
A notice from the Isla Mujeres Chief of Municipal Traffic Police advising residents that they are being strictor & NOT to go out just because they have nothing to do. He says that their vehicles will be impounded if their documents aren't in order, with zero tolerance. "So don't start with the 'They Didn't Warn Me' ".
The islanders' comments are thanking him because they feel there is a greater need to prevent people from driving around aimlessly and, in particular, to prevent them from coming downtown needlessly, expressing concern that Centro residents, and their elderly relatives, are being put at risk.  This was shared in "Noti Isla Mujeres" where there are some complaints, but they are mostly about delays at the checkpoints, and that this is a bad time for people to have their vehicles impounded. And comments in favor of strict measures reducing travel from the mainland.

TVisla Mujeres    

Thursday night, there were no gunshot injuries. A National Guard suffered a knife wound that wasn't life-threatening
  One of the two National Guard personnel assigned to the Security of the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital was injured Thursday night, causing the mobilization of federal and municipal officers. It was initially reported to involve gunshots, but later it was confirmed that the federal officer received a wound from a knife, not a firearm. 
     He went into the hospital to be treated for the wound, but unfortunately there was misinformation about an assault by two people aboard a motorcycle and the Red Code was activated with an operation in the southern part of the island. 
    Although the injury was not serious, which was to one of his legs, he was transferred to the Navy Hospital by the Life ambulance and later transferred to Cancun for medical attention. It is not known how the uniformed officer was wounded, and the Prosecutor's office is anticipating the filing of a complaint and the corresponding investigation into the event, which caused concern among the inhabitants of the island. LINK

 On Thursday, OXXO donated 7000 face masks to protect the municipal police of the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) LINK 

Mexican economy suffers the biggest decline in 11 years 
During the first quarter of 2020, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reported that Mexico GDP (Gross Domestic Product) fell 1.6% compared to the same period in 2019, based on preliminary data. This represents the third consecutive decline and the highest since the fourth quarter of 2009, which was the year of global financial crisis.
  That data doesn't include the seasonal adjustment, and indicates the contraction of the GDP was due to the fact that secondary activities (mining, construction, manufacturing) fell 3.2 percent and tertiary activities (trade and services) dropped 0.9 percent, which could not be compensated for a 1.5 percent increase in primary activities (agriculture and fishing). 
     With seasonal adjustments, the real decline was less than 2.4 percent for the first quarter of 2020. Compared to the previous quarter,  the GDP of Secondary and Tertiary Activities during the first quarter of 2020 decreased by less than 1.4 percent individually, while that of Primary Activities increased 0.5 percent. LINK  

The Secretary of Health for Quintana Roo, Dr Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, responded to statements by her counterpart in the state of Nuevo Leon, by saying that Q Roo has unused hospital capacity, and more beds and ventilators than sick people. She said, "I regret the recent comments of the Secretary of Health of Nuevo León, Manuel Enrique De la O Cavazos, as they differ from reality. In Quintana Roo we are not overwhelmed by the contingency.”
   She said that there is a shortage of specialist doctors, as is the case throughout the country, unfortunately.  "We are recruiting health professionals and training them," she said. She said her call with Dr. De la O Cavazos was to learn about the experience in his state of telemedicine, a modality that can help Q. Roo at this stage of the pandemic and that has been effective in Nuevo Leon. 
   She said, “In Quintana Roo we have been working to face the contingency according to the specific conditions of each of our municipalities. It has been a broad and responsible approach, supported by scientific evidence and respectful of the rights of those who inhabit this state. We are open and in search of greater effectiveness, we listen to and evaluate the offers of support we receive because we know that against the pandemic, only together, will we succeed. ”LINK

Grammar can be so important ;)....Chetumal, Q. Roo.- Fires surrounding the capital of the state are leaving smoke affecting the residents at night and early morning. A great effort is being made to suffocate them, said the Director General of the State Coordination of Civil Protection (Coeproc) Adrián Martínez Ortega. LINK  
    He said, "We have 12 fires active throughout Quintana Roo, to this we add that some fire outbreaks are occurring and this is exacerbating the situation. So far we have 8446 hectares affected in the State, compared to last year on the same date only 1754 had been damaged." 
     He added that 42 fires have been registered to date, last year at this time there were only ten, the difference is that this year's intense drought is making our jungles very dehydrated, providing fuel for the flames and this allows them to spread faster.
     The municipalities of Othón P. Blanco and Solidaridad have been the most affected in this 2020 forest fire season, since there have been 11 and 8 incidents respectively, followed by Bacalar with seven, Lázaro Cárdenas with six, Benito Juárez and Carrillo Puerto with two each and José María Morelos with one, while in Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Tulum no burns have occurred. (In April, The Isla Mujeres firefighters reported putting out three fires that burned about 300 hectares and monitoring two others, in the mainland area of Isla Mujeres and along boundaries with neighboring municipalities.)
   He said 332 people who are members of the State Incident Management Team are working to fight the fires, which is made up of personnel from Conafor, SEMAR, Sedena, CONANP, INAH, SEMA, volunteers, ejidatarios, firefighters and state and municipal Civil Protection personnel, who seek to mitigate the flames that affect the jungle and fauna of Quintana Roo.

If someone in your city contracts Covid-19:
>Respect their privacy
>DO NOT share their photo on social networks
>DO NOT share rumors about their condition
>You can offer your HELP to that person who isn't leaving their home.
This is not the time for RUMORS. It is time for SOLIDARITY.

   La Tertulia  

 SEE REPORT IN TVIM above. There are unconfirmed reports that two military personnel were injured by gunshots around 11pm Thursday night and taken to Cancun. Gunshots were allegedly heard near Mundaca Hacienda, and ambulances and patrol vehicles of the National Guard & municipal police were observed outside the Community Hospital. (photos of ambulance and official vehicles)
Isla Mujeres al Momento
This state notice advises that the limits on hours of alcohol sales throughout the state (10a to 5p) have been extended thru the month of May. The article accompanying the notice (Isla Mujeres al Momento) states that the Dry Law on the island prohibiting ALL alcohol sales continues. The Director of Collection of Tax Administration System of Quintana Roo in Isla Mujeres (SATQ), Jesús Contreras Gómez, explained that it is within the authority of the municipalities to apply the measures they consider most appropriate for the citizenry and community in relation to the health contingency caused by Covid-19. He noted that the Dry Law on the island part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres will continue during the month of May, which began in the early days of the health contingency.

From  Por Esto :

Food Aid Arrived on the Island - Hospital Update
  Large shipments of food aid have arrived at the Convention Center and the grocery staples will be delivered this week to about 1500 families on the island, with a similar amount in the mainland part of the municipality. Participants and supervisors of the deliveries will include personnel with the municipal, state and federal governments, as well as legislators and City Council members. There is a list of recipients who have financial need, and this will be cross-checked by the three levels of government in the interest of transparency. There have been complaints on social media with accusations that the previous deliveries were biased.
   The Director of the Community Hospital said there are 13 beds available at the hospital, which are not specifically for Covid-19 patients, noting they "attend to all types of diseases and two people have been admitted, and neither admission was due to coronavirus." As of noon Friday, the total number of positive cases in Isla Mujeres remained at five (with one recovered.)


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--May 7  7:46 (sets 7:15p)
    May 8      8:51  
May 9      9:55
May 10   10:55
May 11    11:50

 Sunset  7:12-7:25pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:16--6:05am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles begin mating and nesting in May. 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. The Protection season officially begins May 15, but Tortugranja staff usually begin checking for nests at the beginning of the month. 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.

The season for swimming with the whale sharks normally begins on May 15th, 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.  Photos by Tony Garcia

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks before dawn on May 5th, but can be seen during the early hours (starting ~3a nightly) from mid-April thru mid-May. The longest "windows" to see them as they near peaking are the wee hours Friday & Saturday nights, May 1st & 2nd (which are the mornings of Sat & Sun). They peak as the moon is approaching fullness. On May 5th it sets at 4:55a, so will be low on the western horizon, while the radiant point is in the east. You don't need to focus on the radiant, because you may miss the meteors that create the longest bright streaks flying across the sky. This shower is caused by debris from Halley's comet. 

During May, the climate changes 
 Although May is the hottest month in the neighboring state of Yucatan, here on the coast, the hottest months begin in June. In May the "Perceived Temperature" (thin line above the others) begins to rise, as the humidity increases and the rainy season begins as the month progresses. We've been in dry season since November-December, and late April & early May are when firefighters are busy across the Peninsula fighting brush fires. There are ~13+ hours of daylight in May & humidity increases from 92% to 99% as the month progresses. Water temperatures are 81-82 degrees. 

Source: Weather Spark
Source: Weather Spark
Source: Climates to Travel
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. In Cancún, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 14% and ending it at 36%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 52% on September 27, and its lowest chance is 12% on March 22.   Source: Weather Spark
Source: Weather Spark
Source: Weather Spark

Friday, May 1  Labor Day  Official Holiday with offices closed. 

May 3 Dia de la Cruz, a holiday celebrated by construction workers in Mexico, and is associated with St Helena (Elena in Spanish). Normally, crosses are placed atop construction projects, and crews take a break to pray and eat together, with food & drink supplied by the owner.

May 5  "Cinco de Mayo" Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla against the French in 1862.
May 10 Mother's Day

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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