Sunday, July 26, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 25

Sorry...I didn't notice yesterday that this didn't publish. Must have been a 'glitch'.

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Today (Saturday) the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 4 more cases for a total of 68, with 4 deaths and 37 recovered.
The state geoportal reports 15 active cases are located as follows: La Gloira-7, Downtown-3, Salina Grande-2, Miraflores-2, Caridad del Cobre-1 and none on the mainland, as of 7/25. It shows the Incidence Rate for active cases at 8.72 (per 10,000 inhabitants, as of 7/23) Yesterday, it showed the rate at 10.77, with 21 active cases. Our Incidence Rate remains 4th worst in the state.
The 2nd geoportal graphic shows the weekly ranking of colonias' grades of contagion indicated by red (high) for Downtown & La Gloria, yellow (medium) and green (no cases). Since it's weekly, it's not updated with today's numbers or Amp La Gloria & Canotal would be green.
We've begun Week 20 since the 1st case in the state on Friday, March 13. Week 19 ended with 63 cases-#3.
The national map for July 24 shows the municipality of Isla Mujeres reported 7 suspicious cases, 43 negatives, (with 64 total confirmed and 4 deaths). The last two graphics are from SESA, the State Department of Health.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to dissipate Sunday night or Monday, due to an "impeding thermodynamic environment", and its path toward the coast of Venezuela.
That's a Tropical Wave producing an area of disorganized showers & thunderstorms that is expected to move westward at 15 mph for the next several days & could become a Tropical Depression by early next week in the western tropical Atlantic with a 60% chance of formation through 5 days, according to the NHC.
Neither currently poses a threat to the coasts of Quintana Roo.

The Mayor says: "We join the state program Liaisons of Social Participation-Yellow Caps, in which 62 volunteers from Isla Mujeres are distributed in various locations with the task of raising awareness among the populace about the importance of continuing to carry out preventive measures against Covid-19 and thus reactivate the municipality in a safe & orderly manner."
 The City announcement notes the 62 volunteers, aged 18 to 35, will be located at 11 strategic points to kindly provide information and raise awareness among visitors & inhabitants. Isla Mujeres is the fourth municipality to join this state program aimed at strengthening the dissemination of the health measures recommended by experts. The volunteers will promote healthy distance in areas of highest social concentrations which are considered to be high contagion zones; they will share truthful, official information; they will invited the citizenry to wear face masks properly & provide one if they need one; as well as giving them antibacterial gel. The program coordinator for the Northern Zone spoke about the importance of the government and society working together as a team with united efforts to provide information about taking care of each other, to move forward during this global pandemic.

VIDEO with caption of the Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, saying that municipal police, in coordination with the National Guard, responded to a 911 complaint about suspicious people in an abandoned building near Punta Sur, on the road to Garrafon. This operation resulted in the arrest of W.P.G., 26, and H.A.G.,25, with various doses of white powder and baggies of plant material. They will be turned over to the Prosecutor's Office for the crime of narco-retail.

Frequently washing your hands for at least 30 seconds helps reduce the contagion of Covid-19, take care of your health and follow recommendations.

 The caption says...Measures to prevent Covid-19 are simple and easy to practice, with your help we can reduce contagion. Follow hygiene recommendations to take care of your health.

The Mayor conducted a tour of the cleaning of the absorption wells by Aguakan and he spoke about the importance of not littering and complying with the trash collection schedule. He said, ′′Keeping our streets and avenues clean is everyone's job, and this prevents absorption wells and drains from being obstructed when it rains; an action as simple as putting garbage in the appropriate place can avoid situations of risk for everyone." The absorption wells are located in low areas to prevent flooding of the streets, and cleaning them is done repeatedly, especially during this rain-hurricane season thru the end of November. The work also contributes to avoiding the proliferation of mosquitoes, to prevent dengue. 


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.


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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