Saturday, July 18, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 18

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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     At last evening's national press conference, as expected, Quintana Roo returned to red on the federal "Traffic Light of Risk", along with eight other states. The Governor & state spokesperson Carlos Orvananos promptly explained that the state traffic light remains unchanged, with our northern region in the orange status and the southern area of the state in red.
#2-The Governor said the northern zone will remain in Orange next week, thru July 26. He also said he is doing well and his symptoms of C-19 are mild.
#3-State spokesperson said our northern region will remain in orange & that there would be a press conference at 11a this morning. He said the state epidemiological light takes precedence over the federal light, which is a guideline.
#4 is the federal traffic light from yesterday evening's press conference. 

>>Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports three new cases and three more recovered. There are a total of 57 cases with 3 deaths and 28 recovered.
>>There have been 33 new cases in the past month, since June 18th when there was a total of 24. (#1). The first case in Isla Mujeres was April 4th, fifteen weeks ago.
>>The state map shows 19 active cases on the island yesterday, as follows: Downtown-4, Salina Chica-1, Salina Grande-2, Amplicacion La Gloria-4, Miraflores-1, Isla Blanca-1, Canotal-2, La Gloria-3, Guadalupana-1 (which is a total of 19) and zero in the mainland area. (#2)
>>The national map reports 5 suspected cases and 33 negatives for July 17, with 54 confirmed positives and 3 deaths for our municipality. (This is an indication of the number of tests.)
>>The state map still shows our municipality's Incidence Rate for July 16, which is 6.67. We are the third worst in the state, behind Tulum with 8.25 and Chetumal (OTB) with 22.8. This means that for every 10,000 inhabitants, our municipality has just under 7 active confirmed cases...compared to Cozumel with 2.5 per 10k. Incidence rates allow you to compare risk between entities with different populations. (#3)
>>The color status of ORANGE continues for our northern region of the state, whose epidemiological Traffic Light for July 20-26 prevails over the Federal red designation for Quintana Roo. The state light is updated on Thursday evenings & IF our region goes to red in the future, the restaurants, hotels and other tourism businesses reduce their capacity from 30% to 15%.

Condolences to the friends and family of Maria Jose Torres Paredes. This was notice was posted by the Mayor saying he condemns the violence that took her life in the wee hours of this morning, and that officials are investigating, seeking those responsible. There are unofficial reports about the shooting in Amplicacion La Gloria, which indicate at least one other person was injured.

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The director of Isla Contoy National Park, Maricarmen GarcĂ­a Rivas, said that until the new safety protocol to be implemented in Contoy is finalized, the park will remain closed. She hopes it will be completed this month. LINK  

July 17-More than 150 new cases of Covid-19 in Quintana Roo LINK  

   La Tertulia  

VIDEO with caption...."In view of the tragic events that occurred today in the morning at a home of the colony extension La Gloria, elements of the Attorney General's Office of the State #FGE in conjunction with the Municipal Police are working to find those responsible for the events. We are waiting for the prosecution to provide official information."

 Another, unofficial prelimary report indicates the second shooting victim was her 26 year-old son, who survived. VIDEO


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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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