Saturday, May 16, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 16

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FRIDAY--The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case today for a total of 13, with 1 death and 4 recovered, equals 8 active.
The state reports 1257 positives with 234 deaths, 163 under study, 710 recuperated, 156 hospitalized and 157 in social isolation. Benito Juarez (Cancun) reports 929 positives with 181 deaths and 555 recuperated.

A sparkly Friday morn, (shooting from the living room because I can't see the screen in the lovely sunshine).

The Downtown Cats aren't on their own in the Corona Crisis--kind people are feeding them & looking for sponsors & donations. If you'd like to help.... PayPal Thank-you Chaya & Cacao & Lori Dumm!!

THURSDAY--Another case reported today in the municipality of Isla Mujeres brings the total to 12 with one death, four recovered, and seven active cases.
The state reports a total of 1218 positives with 227 deaths, 162 under study, 686 recovered, 164 hospitalized, and 141 in social isolation. Benito Juarez (Cancun) reports 905 positives with 174 deaths and 536 recovered.

 The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports a total of 11 positives, 1 death and 4 recovered. Condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.
The state reports 1178 positives with 220 deaths, 155 under study, 633 recovered, 172 hospitalized and 153 in social isolation. Benito Juarez (Cancun) reports 878 positives, 167 deaths, and 492 recovered.

Forecast for this year's hurricane season in the Atlantic is 15-19 systems, with 8 to 10 Tropical Storms, 4 or 5 Category 1 or 2 Hurricanes, and 3 or 4 stronger hurricanes.

Yesterday, a promotional campaign aimed at the domestic market was launched with the slogan "Piensa en México, quédate en casa, nos vemos pronto” ("Think of Mexico, Stay at Home, We'll See You Soon"), which will feature the wealth of all of the various regions of Mexico, in videos published on a weekly basis. The first video  is an overview of this campaign by the "Visit Mexico" digital platform.
The international component of the first phase of this campaign is called "Love You Soon" (in English) with a message of empathy that highlights the bonds of friendship for years between Mexico and nine important countries. It has been launched in Canada and Australia, and will continue with promotion in the US, China, France, Germany, the UK and Colombia.
These videos were made with a combination of public and private financing. Quintana Roo stopped participating in the Visit Mexico digital platform of SECTUR (federal Secretary of Tourism) because of the cost.
This is part of the first phase of the "Digital Promotion Strategy for Containing the Coronavirus Crisis for the Tourism Sector in Mexico."The first week's video features Guanajuato, Querétaro, Baja California Sur, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Puebla.

This is the first week's video featuring Guanajuato, Querétaro, Baja California Sur, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Puebla. Here's  link-

Large signs are being placed in areas with the highest density of population and therefore where there is the highest risk for contagion of Covid-19. In addition, police have started a gradual closure of streets at various strategic points around the island with the goal of preventing people from leaving their homes, unless they must perform an essential activity, employing the recommended hygiene measures which include the mandatory use of face masks and social distancing.
Police chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz explained that while checkpoints have been implemented randomly, these additional measures are intended to reduce mobility further and protect the health of the families of the island.
He said, "It is very important that the health and hygiene actions implemented by the municipal government continue to be carried out and that inhabitants remain in their homes, because this is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus."

VIDEO   The first interview is with the Chief of Police, the second is the Director of Civil Protection & Firefighters & the third is the doctor who is the Isla Mujeres Covid-19 prevention liaison. All are emphasizing that this is a crucial time to limit the spread of this virus by staying home & explaining that the government is working very hard to raise awareness about how important it is, at this time, to limit mobility in the streets. Dr. Xhanat responded to a question about specific measures, by explaining IF you MUST go out for a very essential reason, use hand washing & your mask, and when you return home, change your clothes, clean your shoes and items, and avoid bringing the virus into your home. She warns that you should avoid interacting with your neighbors, your relatives who don't live with you, and delivery people, because these are ways the virus can come into your home.

May 15 is Teacher's Day and the City gave recognition, in a house-by-house manner, to various retired teachers, with special recognition to Sandra Rios Fernandez for her 25 years of service.

Mayor Juan Carrillo urged the residents to continue the extreme measures in response to Covid-19 during this crucial time & said  the City will report, in a timely manner, measures for the reactivation of the municipality
  The Mayor said, "As a government, we are now planning the return to the new normality, (new reality), however we will have to adopt certain day-to-day protection measures that we will be reporting. But, remember that for this to happen, we must continue with extreme prevention actions in response to the health contingency of Covid - 19. I am certain we will  move forward soon."
    He reminded the residents that the highest phase of the epidemic is still pending (latent) and social isolation and hygiene measures should not be relaxed and, although it is not yet time to reactivate the various sectors. They are planning "the new normal", which the Federal government plans to begin on June 1st, as long as the Stay at Home program continues to be followed.
    He said, "It is very, very important that we do not relax during these next 15 days. Let's follow the measures recommended by the health sector so that we can gradually return to the new normal. As a government we will be providing information,  as will the state and federal governments."
  He explained that the Federal government announced their plan to restart with "the new normal", in which a traffic light (4 color-system) will be implemented to determine the opening of each state for work and school activities, with red having the most restrictions and green having the least. 

  "We will promptly inform you of the actions that will be taken to gradually return to reactivation, but I must insist that we don't drop our guard, we must continue taking care of ourselves and each other by staying at home. These days are crucial," he concluded.  VIDEO  

Seven hundred protective face shields have been produced by women who joined together in response to the Covid-19 contingency, in coordination with the municipal Women's Institute. Three hundred and fifty of these have been delivered to staff with the municipal police department, the Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters, including those who work the checkpoints, as well as to the people distributing food packages and working with the DIF social service agency. The Gilberto Foundation donated 1300 face masks, which have been distributed, mostly in the Continental Zone.

The graphic says...The key to preventing the contagioun of Covid-19 is to follow the recommendations and stay in social isolation. The caption says...Don't let down your guard and stay in social isolation. Let's prevent the propagation of the virus on the island and take care of our health.

From  Por Esto :

Population accepts use of biodegradable products LINK  

  In accordance with the state law which was established in late 2019, convenience stores and grocery chain stores no longer use conventional plastic bags for customers to carry their purchases. Take-away containers and utensils have also been replaced by biodegradable products, although this is still in transition for many businesses. The manager of Chedraui, Rene Hernandez, said the general use of plastic bags ended last December when they began offering biodegradable bags at cost, but now people carry in their own shopping bags, and cardboard boxes are provided for those who want to use them. He said biodegradable products are in stock to replace the conventional products. Preparation began in March, since the law was going into effect on the inhabited island of the state first.
   In the neighborhood stores, many consumers "forgot" to carry their own bags, but when some stores began charging a peso for a recyclable plastic bag, many customers would return home for a bag to avoid the expense.
  It is noted that the Coca Cola consortium has not withdrawn its products in single-use plastic to replace them with items with a deposit.
  The effect of replacing single-use plastic bags for multi-use bags has significantly reduced the volume of trash, according to a preliminary report by the Director of Public Services.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--May 7  7:46 (sun 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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