Monday, July 27, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 27

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This low pressure system located 1000 miles east of the Windward Islands has become a little less organized since last night. Environmental conditions are still expected to become more favorable for its development into a tropical depression or a tropical storm in the next couple days. Formation chance is 80% within 48 hours & 90% within 5 days, according to the NHC.
These models aren't official information, but are early indications of potential track forecasts. Source-Tropical Tidbits

 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another 3 cases of Covid-19 for a total of 71 with 4 deaths and 37 recovered.  Of these 71 cases, 41 occurred so far this month.

     The state geoportal for 7/27 reports 15 confirmed active cases by colonia are located as follows: La Gloria-7, MIraflores-2, Downtown-1, Canotal-1, 23 de Noviembre-1, Salina Grande-1, Meteorologico-1, Caridad del Cobre-1,and none on the mainland part of the municipality.
     It reports our Incidence Rate for active cases is 6.67 per 10,000 inhabitants. This puts us in the middle with 5 municipalities with lower rates, and five with higher rates.  OTB (Chetumal) remains the worst at 23.16, followed by Tulum at 11.0 and Lazaro Cardenas at 9.54, then Bacalar at 7.93, FCP at 6.85. Benito Juarez (Cancun) & Puerto Morelos are both at 4.4.  
     The national map for 7/26 reports 3 suspicious and 44 negatives (with 68 confirmed and 4 deaths)

     A downtown restaurant was temporarily closed by officials for being open past its allowed hours of operation, during a verification operation made by officials with the municipal Department of Fiscalización, in coordination with officials from SEFIPLAN, the state Ministry of Finance and Planning. Officials will continue visiting businesses to check documents and hours of operation, as well as verifying compliance with sanitary measures and capacity limitation.
        The municipal Director of Control/Fiscalizacion, Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, said, "We will not allow the health of our families and visitors to be exposed. Everyone, without exception, must comply with the health measures and having their business documentation in order. These operatives will continue so that shops that are now open comply with the 30 percent limit of their allowed capacity, as well as using face masks, face shades, glasses and antibactecial gel, as a measure of containment of Covid-19."

       The Ministry of Finance and Planning of the State Government (SEFIPLAN), in conjunction with the municipal Department of Fiscalización, accompanied by public security personnel, continued verification of businesses. This includes compliance with the hours when alcoholic beverages may be sold. The Director of Control/Fiscalizacion, Helman Ulises Berman Graniel said that on Sunday these small alcoholic drink vendors must close at five pm, so these types of surprise verification operations will be continued in the municipality.
      Mr. Berman Graniel said that in addition to verifying compliance with schedules for alcohol sales, SEFIPLAN verifies that these shops have their documentation in order, and that they are complying hygiene measures against Covid-19, including the use of face masks, maintaining the minimum healthy distance of 1.5 meters between people inside and outside and the frequent sanitation of their establishments.

It is the second day in Isla Mujeres of the state "Yellow Caps" program with 62 participants working to raise public awareness and prevent entering the red phase of the state epidemiological traffic light. They are located at 11 areas of high risk of contagion, due to the amount of social activity. The Director of the DIF social service agency, Yuseli López Tec, said, "Thirteen teams have been formed, which are urging the population, both locals and visitors, not to neglect the measures against Covid-19; to use face masks, to keep healthy distance and to wash their hands frequently, which will allow us to contain the disease and in turn, will prevent the return to red color of the state light, which consequently will allow the economic recovery of our municipality to continue."

The Isla Mujeres Green & Healthy program is in its second stage, when maintenance will be done on the remaining green spaces. With the sports areas closed due to Covid-19, the weeds had grown, which were cut back at the baseball and soccer fields, along with other maintenance work, including trash removal and sweeping. The work was done by personnel with the municipal Sports & Physical Culture Department and volunteers, so that they will be in optimal condition when the state epidemiological traffic light allows them to reopen. They employed sanitary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)
  July 5      8:18 
 July 6      9:09
July 7      9:53
July 8      10:34
July 9      11:10

 Sunset  7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:09-6:20am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in July. 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. 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.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, 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.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight,  and continue thru August 23rd.

Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.

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
LINK to NHC   

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