Saturday, August 8, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 8

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports two new cases for a total of 100, with 6 deaths and 51 recovered. The entire state is in Orange status and our Northern Zone's growth rate of cases has decreased from 1.7 to 1.0. (Southern Zone went from 4.9 to 1.8.) #1
In April, May, June together, Isla Mujeres had a total of 30 cases, which was an average of one case every three days.
In July, this increased to five cases every three days, with 50 cases that month. In August, we've had 20 cases in 8 days which is an average of 7.5 cases every three days.
The state Geoportal for today reports 30 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-5, Salina Grande-5, Ampl. la Gloria-3, Chica Salina-3, Meteorologico-2, Lol-Beh-2, Canotal-2, Colonia #6-2,Caridad del Cobre-1, Aeropuerto-1, Colonia #5 (Sac Bajo)-1, 23 de Noviembre-1, Miraflores-1, Guadalupana-1, and none on the mainland.
The Incidence Rate has increased to 14.36 for the municipality of Isla Mujeres as of Aug. 6th. This is the second worst in the state, behind Chetumal (OTB) in the Southern Zone at 18.43. Holbox (LC) is 3rd worst at 13.94, while Cancun (BJ) & Puerto Morelos are best at 4.98, followed closely by Playa del Carmen (Solidaridad) at 5.1 and Cozumel at 5.55.(#4)
On the National map for 8/7, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reported 7 suspicious and 48 negatives (and 98 confirmed cases and 6 deaths).

    Thursday, the US state department lifted the Level 4 Global Advisory implemented in mid-March which advised US citizens to avoid ALL international travel. They've returned to the previous system of country-specific ratings, but it's a short list of countries who have been upgraded, such as Antarctica.
       Although Mexico remains at Level 4 like most of the world, due to covid, now the advisories are once again providing information state-by-state. It has gone back to assigning levels for risks like crime, natural disasters, etc. Before March's Global Advisory suspended the system, Mexico was always at Level 2 ("Exercise Increased Caution"), with its high-crime states at Levels 3 & 4. Many European countries that are popular travel destinations were also at Level 2 pre-pandemic, due to crime. The State Department has Q Roo in yellow: "Exercise Increased Caution", which has no restrictions on travel by federal employees (unlike Levels 3 & 4).
To clarify, these are Travel Advisories, which are guidelines. There is still a travel ban against non-essential travel by LAND across the US-Mexican border, and there are many countries prohibiting US citizens from entering or requiring recent C-19 negative test results.
Here's the updated State Dept. list:…/traveladv…/traveladvisories.html/
BTW, Q Roo is now orange on Mexico's epidemiological traffic light, which is being published twice monthly (instead of weekly). Last night, the Governor was optimistic about our northern region progressing toward yellow on the state's epidemiological traffic light.

Now there are 71 volunteers in the "Yellow Caps" brigade who are working to raise awareness about preventing the spread of Covid-19 by taking care of your health and and contributing to the care of others. These measures include wearing face masks correctly, frequent hand washing, and staying home unless it is necessary to go out.
      The volunteers are distributed at strategic locations of high social concentration, and therefore areas with a potentially high risk for contagion of Covid-19. These include the taxi stand, the downtown mercado, the Whale Shark monument/tourist attraction, Chedraui supermarket, Super Dunosusa in La Gloria, and the Maritime Terminal, among others.

Another 100 "White Kits" were delivered to families in need by the DIF social service agency, which brings the total up to 170, of which 70 were distributed on the island. The "White Kits" contain towels, sheets, slippers, and pillows which were donated by businesses, of which the most recent was the Zoetry Hotel. The DIF Director said that in addition to the deliveries of White Kits on Fridays after registration of people in need, there are also collection and support tables of the "Exchange & Donate for the Cause" program for those families most affected by C-19 and the lack on income it has caused.

The "Isla Mujeres Green & Healthy" program continues to provide beautification and maintenance to various areas of the island. The municipal Department of Urban Development and the Environment have been carrying out reforestation works, which were done in colonia La Gloria at Paseo de las Aves. They planted 60 chit palms, and it is noted that public lighting was recently installed along this road. On the island and in the Continental Zone, more than 500 plants of various species have been planted so far this year. Residents are reminded not to put their trash in the center medians, and to comply with trash collection schedules.

Disinfect your personal items such as your cell phone, keys, purse/wallet, and money.

TVisla Mujeres    

VIDEO   Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives of Quintana Roo calls on entrepreneurs to stop haggling for the price of lobster

There are two photos of the Red Cross paramedics assisting a woman whose motorcycle skidded along prolongacion Rueda Medina

In the early hours of this Saturday morning, two people were injured by gunshots at the FOVISSSTE apartments. One of the victims said they were making a drug purchase inside a home and while waiting for it, they were attacked by whoever was supposed to make the delivery. The statement and images captured by the C-2 surveillance cameras have been delivered to the ministerial police at the Prosecutor's office, according to the municipal Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz. (photos) LINK 

IM Noticias   

There were eight gunshots reported and two people injured near FOVISSSTE (photos, VIDEO)
Tuesday IM Noticias reported two people were injured by gunshots just before 2am near FOVISSSTE while purchasing clandestine alcohol, according to the Chief of Police, who said the investigation was being conducted by the Prosecutor's office.

HSBC in Isla Mujeres will be closed for six days starting Friday August 7 due to the C-19 contingency. (Photos)

VIDEO of a crocodile swimming in the bay, taken by the fishermen of the Patria & Progreso cooperative.

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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.)

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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