Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 4

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    Today the municipality of Isla continues to report 87 cases with 5 deaths and now there are 47 recovered.
    The state geoportal map reports 23 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-4, Miraflores-2,, Colonia #6-2, Lol-Beh-2,  Ampl la Glori-2, Caridad del Cobre-2,  Meteorologico-2, Salina Chica-2, 23 de Noviembre-1,Guadalupana-1, Canotal-1, Salina Grande-1, Colonia #5 (Sac Bajo)-1 and none on the mainland.
      The national map for 8/3 reports1 suspicious case and 46 negatives (with 87 cases & 5 deaths).
      This week, the growth rate for our Northern Region has decreased from 1.4 to 1.2. 
 This week, the Incidence Rate of active cases for Isla Mujeres has increased from 8.21 to 10.77 (per 10,000 inhabitants), which is the third worst in the state. behind Chetumal (OTB) at 19.95 and Holbox (LC) at 13.21. The best is Cozumel at 4.05 and in second place are Cancun (BJ) & Puerto Morelos at 4.64.

There are articles in the local press about the "discovery" of five cenotes under the Caribbean between Isla Mujeres & Isla Contoy, although Isla Mujeres fishermen/divers have known for decades about various locations where "agua dulce" emerges underwater. There are plans to explore one of the cenotes, led by Mexican underwater photographer Rodrigo Fricione & Robert Ballard, who discovered the remains of the Titanic, the Bismark & the Lusitania, who plans to use his remotely operated underwater vehicles.
In 2016, the first cenote was "discovered" 25 kilometers (15 mi) from Isla Mujeres, and kept secret because they want to be the first to carry out studies. Another was located in 2017, and three more in 2019. Although the articles say the cenote is 30 meters deep, they also quote Fricione as saying "It caught my attention, I went into the hole and realized that it had no bottom: it was an infinite hole. I felt that fresh water was coming out because the water feels colder and there was a halocline, that is, a change in the quality of the water, which speaks of a change in salinity, and it was very interesting to me that the bottom of the sea there was fresh water coming out.”
They say it will be an expensive project, involving divers, cavers, marine biologists and archaeologists, who are likely to need respirator recyclers to safely spend longer periods of time on the bottom. They note they've received no responses to requests for funding from governmental agencies. They had planned to begin in 2020, until the Covid-19 pandemic occurred. There is a "karst cenote" which may have been a dry cave thousands of years ago, when the sea was lower than its current level.
Biologist Rafael de la Parra is already investigating a possible relationship between the cenotes and the route followed by the whale sharks and rays in this region.

Yesterday, Aug. 3--
The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports one more case today for a total of 87, with five deaths and 44 recovered.
The state Geoportal reports 23 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-4, Salina Chica-2, Meteorologico-2, Canotal-2, Caridad del Cobre-2, Col #6-2, Lol-Beh-2, Miraflores-2, Salina Grande-1, Ampl la Gloria-1, #5 (Sac Bajo)-1, 23 de Noviembre-1, Guadalupana-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 8/2, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 2 suspicious and 46 negatives (with 86 positives and 5 deaths).

Aug 3--
For the first three months, there was an average of 5 confirmed cases every TWO WEEKS in Isla Mujeres.
For the past month, it's 5 new cases every THREE DAYS.
There was a total of 30 cases in April, May & June combined. We've had nearly twice that many in the past month, with 56 new cases since July 1st.
WARNING FROM DR. XHANAT: Municipal Government Issues Recommendations to Contain Increase
"We must not relax measures against the disease or we'll be putting all the work that has been done 'in a torn bag'."
      Faced with an alarming increase in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Isla Mujeres, the municipal liaison for Covid-19 prevention, Dra Xhanat Tze Mora, urged the populace not to relax preventative measures and to avoid socialization and crowded places.
      She said anyone who presents any symptom of the disease should immediately isolate themselves, to protect themselves, their family and their coworkers. They should get medical care through health services and inform those they were interacting with in the past 72 hours, so that they also stay in isolation for the next 7 days. She said it is important that personal items are handled properly, especially the trash, to protect those who collect it.
      She explained that isolation of suspicious cases is of the utmost importance. Those who are unable to isolate themselves in a separate space should stay as far apart from their family as possible, and everyone in the house should wear face masks, preferably N95's.
      If alarming symptoms occur, such a very persistent cough, shortness of breath, or bad decline in general health, she said it is very important to go to the hospital immediately. She explained that prompt medical attention is required when people have complications and the faster that happens, the better the chances are of preventing worse complications.
     The doctor said she regrets that the citizenry are forgetting all the work that has been done over three months and the measures that have been taken, which is causing a dramatic increase in the number of infections. She said, "People are going to the houses of people who don't live with them, they don't care, they don't wear masks. There are many parties...people are throwing parties all over, and this is what's causing cases to flare."
      ′′We are at a point where we decide what will happen with society and with our activities from now on; if we can be responsible citizens who isolate ourselves when the first symptom occurs and notify our contacts, I think we can slow down the advance of this epidemic," she concluded.

Aug 2--
The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports three more cases for a total of 86 cases, with 5 deaths and 44 recovered from Covid-19.
The state geoportal reports 22 active cases for Isla Mujeres by colonia as: La Gloria-5, Canotal-2, Col.#6-2, Lol-Beh-2, Meteorologico-2, Salina Chica-2, Salina Grande-1,23 de Noviembre-1, Caridad del Cobre-1,Guadalupana-1, Col.#5 (Sac Bajo)-1, Miraflores-1, Ampl. la Gloria-1, and none on the mainland.
The Incidence Rate of active cases for Isla Mujeres has increased to 10.77 (per 10,000 inhabitants), which is the third worst in the state behind Chetumal (OTB) at 19.95 and Holbox (LC) at 13.21. The best is Cozumel at 4.05 and in second place are Cancun (BJ) & Puerto Morelos at 4.64.
The Growth Rate for our Northern Zone has decreased from 1.4 to 1.2. The Southern Zone has decreased from 3.0 to 2.3.
Quintana Roo has been upgraded from red to orange on the National Traffic Light of Risk, which will now be updated every 15 days.

With more than two months left in the turtle nesting season, the Tortugranja is protecting 623 nests containing 69,918 eggs. This exceeds the total number in the last slow season of 2018, by a margin of 258 nests and 26,998 eggs. It is noted that normally, one year is considered a "high" season and the next a "low" season due to natural tendencies.
   The breakdown is five Hawksbill nests with 777 eggs, 60 Loggerhead nests with 6500 eggs, and 558 Green nests with 62,641 eggs.
   The Director of the Tortugranja, Deline García Canto, said that for the remainder of the season it is important that people don't go to the beaches because, in addition to that they are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presence of people could interrupt the nesting process. She also invited the residents to notify authorities such as National Guard, Civil Protection, Municipal Police or Tortugranja surveillance personnel if they see something illegal as the sale of turtle meat or poaching of eggs.  (They nest on the eastern beaches of the isle in the wee hours of the morning, from late April or early May thru the end of October. The beaches are monitored throughout that time, although the official season is May 15-Oct 15)

VIDEO   This is the Director of Civil Protection explaining that they are conducting constant patrols, in coordination with the municipal police and ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) because the beaches are closed in compliance our orange status on the state epidemiological traffic light. He says the beaches are closed to tourists and residents alike. He explains that the jurisdiction of these three agencies is limited to the areas from the sandy beach area to the orillas (shore area of the water), which they are monitoring closely, and then the Harbor Master has jurisdiction beyond that in the bay.

 The City government of Isla Mujeres via the Department of Fiscalizacion/Control, in coordination with SEFIPLAN (state Secretary of Finance and Planning), closed a restaurant located on the road to Garrifon for failure to comply with its license requirements and not having their documentation in order.  They were selling alcoholic beverages without offering food for sale, with their kitchen closed, and SEFIPLAN proceeded to close them for this violation of their status. The municipal agency reviewed their documentation and found they lacked a current license, resulting in a fine and closure.
The City said they also violated the health measures for the containment o C-19 whichrequire social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and the use of face masks, shields, glasses and antibacterial gel.     . (This restaurant is Marabella)

 The City closed a restaurant in Sac Bajo for noncompliance with health regulations and thereby potentially exposing employees and diners to risk of Covid-19. They were not respecting the 30 percent capacity and were not implementing healthy distancing of 1.5 meters between one person and another. It is noted that the Department of Control (Fiscalizacion) will be carrying out surveillance in an ongoing manner so that measures established in the face of this health situation are complied with, to allow the gradual, orderly and responsible recovery of the local economy. (This is Zama restaurant and beach club).

Fabiola Nohemí Castro Figueroa was named municipal Director of Public Relations

Sanitation of municipal offices is being carried out by the company "Clean Mattresses".

Let's contribute and raise awareness that our municipality needs us, to we take care of ourselves, protect others and to get ahead of / move forward in  (salimos adelante de) the pandemic generated by the coronavirus.

There is another article about the "Yellow Cap" brigade in teams at locations of high risk of contagion who are inviting visitors and residents to use face masks correctly, to social distance and to wash their hands frequently, and to stay at home if they don't need to go out. The goal of the program is to raise awareness among the populace to decrease the contagion of C-19 and continue with the economic recuperation of Q.Roo. 

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Ulises Bermán Granie, the municipal Director of Collection & Fiscalización (Control/Enforcement), has been assigned to a new post as the administrative coordinator of the Community Development Center (CDC) on the island. He was formerly the Director of Civil Protection, at the beginning of the administration of Mayor Juan Carrillo.
In a statement, it was announced that the changes seek to streamline the collection efforts of the public administration with the appointment of Raymundo López Martínez, as the new director of Fiscalization and Collection.  LINK  
Photo from municipal announcement 
Photo from municipal announcement


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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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