Saturday, July 11, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 11

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Unfortunately, today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another death from Covid-19, for a total of 3 since the first case on April 4th. There has been another case confirmed for a total of 41 positives with 24 recovered.

TESTING FOR COVID-19 HAS GOTTEN EASIER FOR THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS. The criteria is less strict and the procedure begins with a telephone call to 998 491 2410 for an interview. If criteria is met, medical personnel conduct the test at the person's home. The City just acquired 500 rapid tests.

WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TESTING IN ISLA MUJERES? At this link, federal maps (updated daily) show the number of negative & suspected cases by municipality (in addition to the deaths & confirmed cases), which indicates the number of tests being done & reported. At the left margin, choose "Mapa Generales" & the option "Por Municipios". LINK  

WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE ACTIVE CASES ARE? Active cases are shown colonia-by-colonia on this interactive state map (but it doesn't appear to include all the current active cases) and there's another map with municipal incidence rates:


Surveillance patrols continue inviting people to return to their homes

Because the state epidemiological traffic light remains in orange for our region, the municipal government of Isla Mujeres will keep our beaches closed, in accordance with the state governmental report, with the firm aim of prioritizing social health and preventing the spread of the Covid-19.
     ′′The purpose of keeping the beaches closed is to take care of everyone's health, we are still in orange, in which these spaces cannot be opened. We have to be patient but above all disciplined, and we must continue with healthy distance measures and wearing face masks correctly ", said the director of  ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone Agency), Kerem Pinto Aguilar.

  She said, that although some establishments are gradually opening to the New Normality, this still doesn't include the beaches of the municipality, so they will remain closed until the traffic light dictates reopening, which is determined by hospital occupancy and the number of positive cases of coronavirus in the entity. (northern region of the state)
   Ms. Pinto Aguilar emphasized that work has been underway to maintain the beaches, with the minimum staff and with appropriated preventive measures, to keep the beaches in optimal condition so they are ready when it is time to open them to the public. She said, ′ They will play a very important role in the economic reactivation of our island, but it is important to return responsibly because Covid-19 is still out there".
    She gave recognition to the coordinated surveillance efforts of the personnel of ZOFEMAT, Civil Protection and Public Security, who remain continue to invite the people who come to the beaches to leave and return to their homes.

Continue with measures for prevention of Covid-19

Isla Mujeres remains in the Orange status of the State Epidemiological Traffic Light
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis

Economic recovery must occur gradually, responsibly, and in an orderly manner
       According to Thursday's update of the state government's epidemiological traffic light, which takes into account  hospital occupancy and the number of active cases of COVID-19, the northern zone continues in the orange status for July 13-19. 
     The Mayor explained that  maintaining the orange status in the northern region which includes the island municipality, means that the restriction on activities at locations such beaches and public spaces continue, and shops that can open must of do with a capacity of 30 percent and following all preventative measures.
      He said that in view of the New Normality that allows economic reactivation gradually, responsibly and in an orderly manner, while there is still a risk of contagion, so it is of utmost importance to continue with preventive measures such as constant hand washing, maintaining healthy distance, correctly wearing face masks, and those who don't have to go out should stay at home.

   The municipal government added 60 plants to commemorate National Arbor Day. They were planted in the center median of Rueda Medina downtown and in other areas. The Director of Urban Development and the Environment, Nivardo Fernández Martínez, spoke about the importance of promoting actions of protection, conservation and restoration. He said these 60 plants are part of ~1200 plants intended for various parts of Isla Mujeres. They are Chit Palms and Coconut Palms, which will grow to about 1.2 meters tall and were provided by various hotels as part of the municipality's environmental regulations.
     He said, "Plants and trees provide equilibrium for the environment and, as a government, it is very important to take care of and protect them. In this first stage of reforestation we are covering the downtown area of the island, but we intend to reach various locations, both on the island and in Continental Zone."
     His department is responsible for verifying that the various hotels are in compliance with delivering plants as part of their environmental obligations. He concluded, "It is our duty as citizens to take care of our environment and as a government we constantly work towards this. We have maintained the entire island and are now advancing this work with reforestation, while always taking all measures to contain the spread of Covid-19."

The more people use face masks, the less the virus will spread and there will be fewer infections

July 9--The City provided maintenance to the sports fields to keep them in excellent condition, as part of the Isla Mujeres Green and Healthy program. Personnel with the municipal Department of Sports and Physical Culture were assisted by volunteers and bystaff from other departments. The facilities are closed and sports activities are suspended in accordance with the orange status of the state epidemiological traffic light.
   The Director of the municipal Sports, Ruben Pere, said his department will provide audiovisual material online with recommendations and tips for alternative physical activities at home while the sports fields are closed.  He encouraged residents to stay home and continue taking care to avoid infections of Covid-19. He recommended they do not go to  the sports fields and courts which are closed to avoid people crowding together in those locations.

The health and sexual & reproductive rights of women are a public health issue that requires particular attention during this health emergency.

July 9--The municipal DIF social service agency received a donation  from the "Alas de Águila" (Eagle Wings) Foundation which will be used to facilitate the reopening of CRIM (Municipal Rehabilitation Center) and INAPAM (National Institute for Older Adults). They will use the funds to purchase Personal Protective Equipment and to adapt the facilities to prevent the risk of Covid-19 when they resume activities.
    The donation was delivered by Julieta Reynoso, director of the foundation ′′Alas de Águila Cancun′′ and Juan Carlos González, General Manager of Villas Palmar Cancun,and received by the Director of the Isla Mujeres DIF, Yuseli López Tec, representing the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and the president of the DIF, Mrs Paola Orrico de Carrillo.

Successful junk collection program
  July 9--As part of the Isla Mujeres Green & Health campaign, with coordination between the municipal department so Public Services, Civil Protection and Urban Development, 90% of the island has been included in the junk removal program and the invitation to the island residents to avoid areas around their homes where mosquitoes can breed. They were advised to cover or flip containers that can accumulate water and to open doors and windows when thermonebulization is provided. City official Pedro Abiran Fuentes Cruz aid that in addition to the junk removal campaign coordinated by these three departments, other City officials also volunteered and carried out a awareness-raising campaign about eliminating mosquito breeding areas on roofs, yards, and patios, to prevent dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. He said this joint work enables the vector personnel who provide thermonebulization to do a more thorough job to fight dengue.


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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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