Thursday, July 23, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 23

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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9pm Edit---Our northern region remains in the Orange status thru August 2nd on the state epidemiological traffic light.
The southern region remains red. The next update will be next Thursday, for Monday thru Sunday.

 Today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 63 cases of Covid-19, with 4 deaths and 34 people have recovered.
      The Incidence Rate (for July 22) has increased to 10.77 for the municipality of Isla Mujeres (per 10,000 inhabitants), which is the fourth worst in the state behind Tulum at 11.92.  Lazaro Cardenas (Holbox) is second worst at 12.11 and Chetumal (OTB) continues to be the worst, by far, at 26.06. The best is Jose Maria Morelos at 3.73 and Cancun (Benito Juarez) & Puerto Morelos are tied for SECOND BEST with both reporting 4.74.  Cozumel is at 5.32, Bacalar is at 6.65, and Solidaridad-PDC is at 6.96, and FCP is at 6.97. 
       The second graphic shows the weekly ranking of colonias by risk of contagion (it is also interactive to show the cases in each colonia, and is on the option for downtown in the screenshot.) For July 22 the geoportal reports the location of 21 active cases in Isla Mujeres as follows-- Downtown-4, Salina Chica-1, Salina Grande-2, Ampl la Gloria-3, Miraflores-1, Isla Blanca-1, Canotal-2, La Gloria-7 and zero on the mainland.
 The National map for July 22 reports that the municipality of Isla Mujeres had 5 suspected cases and 41 negatives (With 63 total confirmed cases and 4 deaths)

The NHC has issued a Hurricane Watch for Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and advised those in the Windward Islands to monitor Tropical Storm Gonzalo, with additional watches & warnings likely for some of those islands later today. (A watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated first arrival of tropical-force winds, when preparations become difficult & dangerous.) As you can see from the graphic, it's expected to weaken back to a Tropical Storm after the weekend. Authorities in Quintana Roo & Isla Mujeres are monitoring the progress of the storm, which currently poses no threat to the coasts of Mexico, because it is far away.
Gonzalo is moving west at ~12mph (19kph) & expected to gain speed and strength, to approach the Windward Islands late Friday & Saturday & turn W-NW on Saturday. Currently winds are ~65 mph (100kph) with Tropical Storm-force winds extending 35 miles (55km) from its center. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area by Saturday afternoon. The weekend rainfall in Barbados & the Windward islands could be 2-5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches.

       The municipal Institute of Culture and the Arts is offering online cultural workshops. The municipal Department of Youth Culture and Sports is offering online activities which began on Tuesday and continue thru tomorrow, July 24th.
   The Cultural offerings began today at 9am with the story “La Torcaza y la Ardilla”;  at noon there's a book club talk about the ghost story “Botella al mar”; at 2pm a talk about the stories of “El Túnel”; at 3pm a modern dance workshop, at 6pm, basic ballet steps, and at 7p, basic steps and combinations of beginning jazz dance.

    The City, in coordination with local entrepreneurs, has launched a campaign with the slogan--“Amo Isla Mujeres. Por eso te cuido. Por eso me cuido"-- I love Isla Mujeres. That's why I take care of you. That's why I take care of myself. It promotes gradual and responsible economic reactivation of this tourism destination in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the arrival of the New Normality.
    This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of carrying out hygiene protocols and healthy distance measures to prevent the spread of the virus, to safely reactivate the economy and move the municipality forward, as a strong, united team. 
     The communication campaign was launched with an online announcement, explaining that it aims to raise awareness about the importance of carrying out preventative measures. To reach the citizenry, the slogan will be shared on face masks, face shields, car-window decals, decal stickers, bumper stickers, shirts, posters, signs on buses and other public vehicles, and it will be featured in advertisements and public messages. They will kick off the campaign by giving away 2000 face masks donated by entrepreneurs. 
    The Mayor said his government is carrying out various preventative actions to combat contagion of coronavirus, including frequently sanitizing  streets, public spaces, offices, self-service stores, public transport, clinics and citizen-care centers, and he noted that this campaign boosts health and reinforces safety among all who are part of the community.
       Sergio León Cervantes, president of COPARMEX-Quintana Roo (
Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana), thanked the Mayor and the Isla Mujeres entrepreneurs for their commitment to  this joint effort and said, ′′It is a very clear message that promotes health care, as we know, the pandemic is not over, but work must always continue with the right conditions and responsibility." He said that the relaxation of preventive measures should not continue, therefore it is essential to raise awareness among the population.  He concluded, "We must become aware that it depends on each of us, so that the reactivation of the municipality is successful in less time, always, giving the guarantee that we have a healthy state."
      Carlos Orvañanos Rea, General Coordinator of Communication for the state government, said that as a government they join and support this important concept of raising awareness in an optimistic manner.  He said it is a simple and clear phrase that has a lot of power and he trusts that the population will join in following the recommendations against Covid-19,  so that the reactivation of this tourism destination will be faster and safer.

When you visit establishments of any kind it is important to follow hygiene measures, always wear face masks and use antibacterial gel, avoid physical greetings like handshakes, hugs or kisses,, take care of your health.


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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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