Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 7

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Today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case of Covid-19 for a total of 35 with 2 deaths and 20 recovered.

The State Chief of Police said that the state capital of Chetumal will resume quarantine at 11pm on Monday. It is located in the Southern Zone where he said the contagion rate is 1 to 7, (one person can spread it to seven), and the speed of contagion is 4.9. In our Northern Zone, the contagion rate 1 to 1, and contagion speed is 1.7.

July 6--The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 34 cases with 2 deaths and 20 recovered. Graphic #3 is the incidence rate of active cases by municipality. It is from a new feature on this state website which includes an interactive map showing the active cases in the colonia neighborhoods, answering your questions about the mainland vs the island. It is option #2 below the map at this link

To increase prevention measures against Covid-19, municipal police officers set up informational checkpoints at strategic locations on the island to raise awareness among islanders and visitors about the importance of using face masks responsibly, and those not wearing one were given one. The Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said the City will continue to implement measures that contribute to minimizing the risks of contagion, and he invited the residents to stay at home as much as possible, and go out only when necessary and essential, using healthy distancing.

 Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, made a tour of various island businesses  to ensure that the economic recovery of the municipality is being carried out in an orderly manner in the New Normality of Covid-19, following the safety and hygiene protocols of the Secretary of Health. He acknowledged the efforts and commitment of the business sector, including training and taking appropriate measures for the gradual, safe and orderly reopening of their businesses, to begin receiving tourism, which is the main activity driving the economy of Isla Mujeres.
    The Mayor said it is a priority of his administration to preserve public health in the municipality, so he called upon island families to follow safety and hygiene protocols, with healthy distance, frequent hand washing and use of face maks, to cut the chains of possible contagion of the novel coronavirus.

    The Mayor announced that checkpoints will be resumed at strategic points so that those who are not carrying out essential activities will return to their homes, in addition to advising visitors (transeuntes=passersby) that face masks are mandatory.
The notice says these measures are being implemented to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in response to high rates of contagion derived from social mobility in the New Normality. Juan Carrillo said commitment of the citizenry in general is necessary, and he reminded islanders to be responsible and to continue with social distancing, frequent hand washing, not visiting their families, and avoiding places where there could be crowds of people.
City officials will monitor businesses that are open to ensure they are complying with hygiene recommendations, to protect the health of clients and employees.
′′We do not want to return to the red light, because it is important that we continue to reactivate the economy of our municipality, but if the necessary measures are not carried out, if we do not comply with these provisions of the health authorities, it is very likely that within days we could return to the red light," he said.
     The City is working on obtaining 500 quick tests for Covid-19, so that if any islander presenting symptoms can be tested immediately to prevent possible spread.

The "Isla Green & Healthy Program" of beautification and maintenance will continue, in coordination with the State spraying program to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. The City has cleaned parks and around lakes, as well as streets, sidewalks and other public areas, with pruning, painting, sweeping and removal of brush and litter. Junk collection campaigns have been conducted in the various neighborhoods, and 246 streetlights have been maintained, including attention to posts, arms, and bulbs.

 Pension payments from the federal government were delivered in cash to the homes of 188 seniors by City personnel wearing protective equipment.

City officials continue patrolling the beaches to remind visitors and residents to return to their hotels or homes, because the beaches are closed while the state epidemiological traffic light is in orange, and will open up when it is yellow or green. The guards and checkpoints will be ongoing to prevent agglomerations which spread Covid-19.

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The Mayor said that officials will be vigilant to ensure that stores are following health guidelines and have they sanitizing mats as well as other safety measures. He said they are going into all the restaurants, hotels and other establishments that are operating to monitor that these measures are being complied with, or that they are in compliance within 24 hours of the inspection.
   The Mayor said that the checkpoints will not stop free transit but will encourage those who have nothing to do on the streets to stay at home.
   He said that 500 rapid Covid-19 tests will be available on Tuesday, and will be used with certain guidelines and when certain symptoms are present. If a person has symptoms, they should make contact by phone and a team of people will go to their home and conduct a survey to see if they are a candidate for the test.  For more information, call 998 410 4912. LINK   

June 6, Monday--- Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis plans to  announce new restriction measures to prevent the Coronavirus from continuing to spread in Isla Mujeres.
   This morning at a press conference in Cancun, the new state Social Communication Coordinator Carlos OrvaƱanos, said that there is concern on the part of the Government of Quintana Roo since there are three municipalities that have a high rate of infections, including Isla Mujeres.
    The mayor said that a strategy is being worked on, but unfortunately some measures implemented in previous weeks will have to be resumed to avoid returning to the red light, which would not only force confinement but also suspend all tourist activities.
      At this morning's conference, the State Government official said that an increase in the number of positive cases has unfortunately been detected in the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Chetumal. It was confirmed that the growth rate of contagion in the north is 1.7 and in the south 4.9, which allows to continue in the orange traffic range.
     The municipal president is preparing an announcement via his social media accounts announcing the new measures to prevent the Covid-19 virus from spreading further. LINK   

The Quintana Roo government alerted the municipalities of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Chetumal where an increase in the number of cases has been detected especially in Chetumal where the number has risen significantly. LINK



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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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