Thursday, January 7, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 7

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 The entire state remains in Yellow for January 11-17, but there has been an increase in cases and hospital occupancy in our Northern Zone & the Governor urges more discipline.

Today, Jan 7, there will be a six-peso increase in cost of a round-trip ferry ticket for island residents, who receive preferential rates via the "Ultraplan". Resident tickets will increase from 84 pesos to 90 for a round trip and from 42 to 45 pesos for one-way passage. Advisories were posted at the terminals last week and the appropriate municipal and state authorities were notified, according to a company representative, who added that this rate hasn't been increased since 2015.

Unfortuantely, on Jan 6 Isla Mujeres reported another death from Covid-19 for a total of 22, with a total of 242 cases & 199 recovered. For Jan. 6, the state geoportal continues to report 8 active cases by colonia as: Meteorolotico-5, Salina Grande-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, and La Gloria-1, On the national map for 1/6, Isla Mujeres reports 176 suspicious and 142 negatives.

After more than a decade of annual clinics gathering hundreds of islander-diabetics together, we're now serving them one-by-one & could use your help with donations. Our all-volunteer staff of trained personnel distribute glucometers & supplies to hundreds of isla diabetics, while providing nutritional counseling & making sure they understand their usage. Meters & supplies are also provided to local front-line medical personnel & facilities when they face shortages. Your donations are needed to purchase strips for the glucometers & pay the rent & utilities on our small office/clinic space. Thank-you to everyone who donated to help provide PPE to front-line medical personnel during those two campaigns & to ALL the volunteers & donators.

Please continue to take care of the Isla community by donating to: PayPal.Me/isladiabetesclinic
Isla Diabetes Clinic
under our nonprofit organization Pro-Paciente Diabetico Isla Mujeres A.C. has provided services to over 260 Islanders with diabetes in the last few months at our newly rented office located mid island. Our team lead by Karen Rosenberg, LISW and Geovanny Avalos, EMT, along with volunteer staff from nursing, nutrition and emergency medical technicians, have been providing free meters, strips and lancets along with education and nutritional counseling to individual patients either in person or by telehealth. We were unable to have our annual clinic where we have served 500 patients in a one-day operation because of public health rules to keep people safe during Covid. Our long-term goal was to be able to serve our patients all year around and the pandemic pushed that plan into fruition. In addition to purchasing diabetes supplies, we now need money to pay for our office operations, rent and utilities and to equip our office with necessary items such as a computer and printer as well as supplies that will help us to provide professional care to the community. During the pandemic we raised necessary funds to deliver PPE’s to the entire medical community and first responders. Now we need to refocus and return to services for patients with diabetes. Thank you Teresita Rojas Peláez, Jesús Daniel Caamal Caballero, Candita Rossel Crispin as well as all of our volunteers for their tireless work.~~Karen Rosenberg

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 January 6 was Nurses Day & the mayor expressed his respect, admiration and congratulations for their work helping the health of all Mexicans.

 The municipal DIF social service agency continue to distribute pastries and yogurts donated by Chedraui to those who need it most from their facility in colonia La Gloria Monday-Friday 10a-1p, and at the Community Center in the Continental Zone. The DIF director, Yuseli López Tec, said 760 assistances were given in December.

 The Mayor captioned this--If we maintain preventative health measures, we can continue to move forward in the fight against the Covid-19. pandemic. The graphic encourages everyone who help prevent contagion of C-19 by washing your hands frequently, not greeting with kisses, handshakes or hugging, and to use face masks correctly whenever you leave your house.


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, but it's very possibly suspended this year. 

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


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