Friday, August 14, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 14

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Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports three more cases of C-19 for a total of 116, with 7 deaths and 63 recovered.
It has been five months since the first case in the state in Cancun on Friday, March 13, as shown in the graphics.
On the national map for 8/13, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 10 suspicious and 56 negatives (with 113 confirmed and 7 deaths).
Last night, the Governor said our Northern Zone is very close to Yellow on the state epidemiological traffic light, but will remain in Orange for Aug. 17-23. Of the three indicators, only the "Average Number of New Cases" remains in Orange, while the "Daily Number of Cases" is Yellow and "Hospital Availability" is Green.
EDIT 2:45 updated--The state Geoportal reports 26 active cases by-colonia map still has yesterday's data:La Gloria-7, Salina Chica-3, Salina Grande-3, Meteorologico-2, Lol-beh-2, Caridad del Cobre-2, Downtown-1, Aeropuerto-1, Electristas-1, Ampl la Gloria-1, Miraflores-1, Canotal-1, Colonia #6-1, and none on the mainland

The City reports: Two armed people on the main avenue of Rueda Medina were arrested due to the prompt response by officers with the municipal police, in coordination with the National Guard. Police Chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz said that following a report to 911 of two suspicious motorcycles, officers activated security protocols and went to the scene, where they arrested a male and a female who were carrying guns.
   After the motorcycles were identified and the interception began, the suspects failed to stop so the officers fired shots into the air and achieved the arrest. The Chief of Police said they will be made available to the office of the Attorney General. He said this work was carried out as a team between the authorities of the three levels of government, mainly with the National Guard, with whom security operations are maintained throughout the municipality. 

Although the public parks are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these ten recreational areas have been receiving maintenance as part of the "Isla Mujeres Green and Healthy" program, and the DIF social service agency has joined in the work. The DIF Director, Yuseli Lopez Tec, said they seek to preserve the culture of caring for the green areas and recreational facilities of the municipality for the enjoyment of island families, which will be ready when the state epidemiological light allows their reopening. She noted that this will depend on the citizenry taking care of ourselves and not letting our guard down against the coronavirus.
   She said the work includes removing trash and weeds, as well as pruning trees and bushes, which has been completed at the parks “Gaviotas”, “Las Tortugas”, “Hormiguitas” and the parks in the colonias of Meteorol√≥gica” and “Salina Grande”. She said 60% of the work has been completed at Las Iguanas park, and the rest is still in progress due to its size and the small number of people working on the site in order to maintain healthy distancing.

Maintaining healthy distance in public spaces helps to reduce the contagion of Covid-19


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. 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 August, 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

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

Monday, Aug. 17-170th Anniversary of Isla Mujeres

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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