Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 30

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 Our region, the Northern Zone, remains in the Yellow status on the state epidemiological light thru Oct. 11 (as does the Southern Zone).

Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 196 positives with 15 deaths and 155 recovered.

 The state geoportal for 9/29 reports 11 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-7 and one each is Downtown, Aeropuerto, Salina Chica and Salina Grande, and none on the mainland.

On the national map for 9/29, the municipality reports 5 suspicious and 86 negatives  (and 196 confirmed with 15 deaths)

Avoid returning to RED so that the recovery of jobs and income does not stop

It says: Martin, 47, driver of a combi, exceeding the number of passengers, infected ten by not keeping distance. His excuse: "I am already wearing a face mask". Your excuses put life, the economy and your income at risk. The captions says: Like Martin, there are public transport drivers who exceed the number of passengers allowed, putting lives and the reactivation of Quintana Roo at risk. REPORT THEM at 983 03 185 34! There are no excuses, winning this battle is the task of EVERYONE.

Statewide ranking of colonias with the most active cases for Sept. 20-26, with La Gloria in second place with 7 cases.

 Hospital Director: Don't let your guard down against C-19

 The Director of the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital, Dr Leily Osorio Mares said she is concerned about the high number of cases of Covid-19 registered in Isla Mujeres, and she urged islanders not to lower their guard and she recommended that women postpone planning a pregnancy. On social media, the Hospital Director said that the cases of Covid-19 have not decreased, in fact they continue to appear and every day there are more.

    She wrote, "At the hospital we continue to treat serious patients and some have even had to be moved to Cancun." She explained that the hospital continues to "struggle" to be able to provide oxygen tanks to patients who prefer to stay at home for fear of being transferred or intubated. She emphasized, "PEOPLE KEEP DYING". 

       She wrote, "As if this were not enough, maternal death has increased due to COVID-19, which are deaths that occur during pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum, for this reason I suggest that you postpone your pregnancies for at least one year until the pandemic is controlled, because if a pregnant woman gets COVID-19, her risk of complications is increased and she may even die."
         She urged women to come to the hospital Department of Reproductive Health and ask for advice to access the wide variety of free contraceptive methods so that they can plan their pregnancies and protect themselves.

#1-With a medium chance (60%) of formation through 5 days, that Tropical Wave is expected to move W to WNW over the next few days and interact with a frontal system, producing a broad area of low pressure by Thursday night or Friday over the western Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development thereafter and a Tropical Depression could form over the weekend while the system moves slowly WNW over the NW Caribbean Sea.
#2-Being encircled forecasts rain, with the darker circle indicating more intense rain expected in our area on Thursday (3-6in)-Friday (6-10in)-Saturday (3-6in). Winds in Q Roo are forecast on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 50-60kph (31-37mph) and on Saturday 60-70kph (37-44mph)
Norte #4 should give some relief from these very hot temperatures.  We still have sunny, partly cloudy, blue skies at 1p. 

Moonrise yesterday at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach. It will rise tomorrow during sunset and the times are below for the rest of the week.

      Ultracarga schedule thru Sunday

Protocols of care and prevention for construction sites. The workers must wash their hands frequently.

Avoid greeting with kisses, handshakes or hugs

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public places

       The successful anti-rabies vaccination campaign vaccinated 1490 pets, of which 776 were on the island and 714 were in Rancho Viejo (on the mainland part of the municipality). Nivardo Fern├índez Martinez, Director General of Urban Development and Environment, said, "We are pleased that the citizenry responded to the call for the attention of their pets. It is a responsibility we have in animal care and welfare, so we invite you to stay tuned to the different campaigns that are carried out for the sake of our dogs and cats, in this case." He reminded residents of that free sterilization is available on Thursdays at Isla Animals Veterinary Clinic, which is by appointment now in the New Normality to avoid agglomerations which can be risk factor for contagion.


Influenza vaccine campaign begins LINK 
  Sept. 29   The Director of the Community Hospital, Dr Leily Osorio Mares, said that they will begin administering influenza vaccinations tomorrow, Sept. 30th, 7a-2p, to pregnant women, children under 5 and those who are vulnerable, which includes people over 60, diabetics, hypertensives, and asthmatics.  She explained that due to a lack of personnel, the vaccine is only being administered at the hospital, but there is a adequate supply so people should take their time and avoid congestion at the hospital. She said an area has been set up where the injections will be administered, with strict hygiene measures and healthy distancing, Monday thru Friday. She said that if there is any suspicion of Covid-19, the vaccine cannot be given. She mentioned that the hospital staff received their doses first, today and yesterday. (photo of Director).

Addressing complaints about buskers-comisionistas

    In response to complaints about buskers-comisionistas aka "enganchadores", the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said he has increased surveillance on Rueda Medina and at the Maritime Terminal. He spoke with a jade jewelry store owner, who promised to speak with his workers so they are not out on the street trying to "hook-in" (enganchar) tourists. He also requested collaboration from the Departments of Public Safety and  Fiscalizaci├│n (Control). 

       He said the complaint about a group of workers from Cancun invading the area had been addressed and that from now on, no one who is not accredited will be allowed to sell or offer services on public streets. He said there is a list of 33 registered commisionista agents who belong to various tourist cooperatives in Isla Mujeres, which has not increased. There are designated areas for each of them and they are the only ones that are allowed to do this work on public streets. LINK  


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48
  Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.


Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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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