Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 29

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Unfortunately, today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another death and 7 new cases, bringing the totals up to 79 cases, 5 deaths and 40 recovered.  Of the 79 cases, 49 occurred in July and 30 were in the preceding months.  Three of the deaths were reported this month, and there were two in May. 

The state Geoportal for 7/28 reports the location by colonia of 16 Active cases as follows: La Gloria-6, Canotal-2, Salina Grande-2, Amp. la Gloria-1, Miraflores-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, 23 de Noviembre-1, Meteorologico-1, Downtown-1, and zero on the mainland.
It reports the Incidence Rate for Isla Mujeres at 8.21 per 10,000 inhabitants. By comparison, the capital of Chetumal (OPB) is 22.98, Holbox (Lazaro Cardenas) is 12.84, Tulum is 11.0,  Cancun (Benito Juarez) & Puerto Morelos are 4.95, and Cozumel is  4.98.
The Weekly Ranking by colonia of the risk of contagion (as red, yellow, green) is below showing only La Gloria in Red & most of the island in Green.
On the national map for 7/28, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 9 suspicious cases and 44 negatives (of 72 total cases with 4 deaths).

On Tuesday, there was a symbolic ceremony to acknowledge that the fishermen with the cooperatives Justicia Social & Caribe received governmental assistance in the form of 342 lobster traps and 92 plastic cages for the former coop and two coolers and a scale for the latter, for an investment of over 1.7 million pesos from state and federal governments.
      The ceremony was attended by Luis Torres Llanes, head of the Ministry of SEDARPE (The Ministry of Agri-fishing, Fishing and Rural Development), representatives of the municipal departments of Fishing and of Economic Development and of CONAPESCA.

VIDEO, of Director of Public Services with caption saying...We invite the general population to comply with the temporary schedules of garbage collection, as well as take prevention measures if you have a suspected or positive case of having covid-19 at home. Let's take care of each other.

Silvana Alexa Barranco Martínez & Santiago David Dzul Ochoa won first & second place, respectively, in the 12 Annual State Ecological Drawing Competition in Isla Mujeres. The slogan was "I am a Superhero of Nature". Officials said the purpose of the contest is to help raise awareness among the population, and especially the new generations, about the importance of taking care of the place where we live, to be more aware of the impact we generate upon our planet, and how we can contribute to its care and preservation.

Frequently clean & disinfect areas of common usage.

There are 62 "Yellow Cap" brigade volunteers divided into 13 teams who are located at 11 points around the municipality that have been designated as zones of high contagion risk of Covid-19, due to high levels of mobility. They are urging people to use face masks correctly and to maintain healthy distance from each other. They are inviting everyone to become aware of the importance of taking care of themselves and caring for others, especially the most vulnerable, who are older adults, children and people with some comorbidity.

The "Blue Flag" designation was renewed for the fifth year for Playa Centro and for the second year for Playa Norte & Playa Albatros, and the ceremony was held online, with the Governor in attendance. This award indicates excellence in water quality, environmental management, safety and services, and implementation of environmental education activities.
     Joaquín Arturo Díaz Ríos, National Blue Flag Coordinator, recognized the islanders' commitment to sustainability, conservation and preservation of their main environmental asset, which is the beaches, by pursuing responsible environmental actions. The Mayor said, "With the Blue Flag award we take one step more, in two big goals; on the one hand, we prepare to take the next step in economic reactivation with clean, top-level beaches, with adequate services, police safety and lifeguards, and with trained staff to meet any needs of the visitors, and we also prepare to achieve a safe and healthy reopening taking measures to mitigate contagion risks; on the other hand, we join the urgent call of our planet to be more aware of the impact we generate in nature."  VIDEO  

For suspected cases of Covid-19--Maintain social isolation to avoid contagions.  The caption says.. If you are a positive or suspected case of covid-19, follow hygiene protocols and stay in social isolation.


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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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