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As of today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports a total of 374 cases of C-19, with 39 deaths and 320 recovered since the pandemic began in 2020. Last Thursday, was a total of 366 cases reported in Isla Mujeres with 37 deaths and 306 recovered. This is an increase of 8 cases in a week and two deaths. One week prior (Thursday the 8th) there were 351 cases with 37 deaths and 295 recovered. There were 15 new cases reported that week, and no deaths.
TODAY/Thursday...At the end of May, it was announced that the US was donating more than a million doses of J&J vaccine against C19, to be used mainly along the border and at resort areas frequented by Americans. Mexico's Foreign Minister Ebrand, as well as our C19 'czar' Dr Lopez Gatell, said that priority would be given to Caribbean resorts like Cancun and to Pacific-coast resorts like Los Cabos (in Baja California), as well as the border cities.
Sources: National Press conferences link. Our Governor link. Re Baja California: Link
TODAY/Thursday....A third Jetway ferry, with open seating on top and capacity for 250 passengers, is expected to begin operating soon. A manager said its maritime permits have been negotiated and are expected to arrive in five days. Service is expected to begin in late July or early August. Cambio 22 reports that the two Jetway ferries are already moving about 2500 passengers daily, with good acceptance from locals and tourists. On the mainland, they depart from the Puerto Juarez Maritime Terminal (not Gran Puerto). They offer 25 round trips daily, from the first departing the island at 6am to the last departing the mainland at 11p. Their round-trip adult rates are 320 pesos for tourists, 130 pesos for state residents, and 70 pesos for locals. News reports say they will provide an 80 peso round-trip rate for companies whose workers cross daily.
Jetway website reports that each of the current ferries has a capacity
for 400 pessengers, but IM Noticias claims they are smaller, with each
having a capacity of 77 seated passengers.
22 reports that a foreign tourist lost her footing and fell while
walking down the rocks to the beach on the Caribbean side, near the
Trash Transfer Facility. It says she lost her balance and fell
"aparatosamente" (spectacularly/dramatically) and rolled until she hit
the sand and pebbles at the bottom of the cliff. Despite her body
hitting the rocks repeatedly, she did not suffer serious injuries, just
some scrapes and pain. The person accompanying her notified emergency
services and the Red Cross ambulance arrived minutes later, whose
paramedics determined she did not need to be transferred to the
Community Hospital. The reporter notes there are thousands of tons of
trash at the Transfer Facility, and the leachate may be contaminating
the water in that area.LINK to article & photo (not on FB)
cart-related injuries. Make sure your cart's brakes work well, be
attentive to pedestrians & other vehicles and take care when
accelerating & turning. Source & photo credit--Jim Guy
TUESDAY....The entire pandemic in Isla Mujeres is represented in the first graphic with the grey area showing a spike this past week, then cases declined. The first, highest spikes began in July a year ago, and dropped off in mid-September. Note: For the less populous municipalities, a couple of cases cause very noticeable graphic changes, while for Cancun it takes dozens (last graph). In his Thursday night update, the Governor said the Cancun had been reporting 200 new cases daily. For Isla Mujeres, last week's average was about two daily.
mesh fence that was blocking this beach access at the southwestern part
of the isle has been removed and replaced with signs promoting public
access to the beaches, saying that the beaches belong to everyone and
should not be privatized. Source & Video..TV Isla Mujeres
SUNDAY, July 18...In comparison to other beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres is fortunate to have sargasso-free beaches during this season when it arrives. This is due to the geographical orientation of the island and its swimming beaches, as well as the efforts of the cleaning crews who clean away any sargasso that washes up. Source & photo credit Isla Mujeres al Dia
Monday....Since the start of lobster-catching season on July 1st, three diver-fishermen have suffered from decompression, but only one of them required treatment in the hyperbaric chamber. This information was provided by the new doctor in-charge of the chamber, Dr. Betzaira León. Source & photo Isla Mujeres al Dia
Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) has begun construction of a new hospital
in Isla Mujeres on a space of 1600 square meters in colonia Salina
Grande, which will serve personnel in the Naval housing area. The Navy
is investing over 323 million pesos, according to "Buynet". It will be a
second-level facility, providing specialists in internal medicine,
surgery, pediatrics and OB-GYN, according to the Secretary of Health.
It is expected to be completed this year and inaugurated in 2022. Source & photo credit: Isla Mujere Al Dia
SUNDAY...The lobster-catching season began 17 days ago, and is starting out slowly, especially in comparison to production by the cooperatives in the southern part of the state. The president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, explained that the season always starts out slowly, and is expected to improve significantly in October and thereafter.
SUNDAY...Photo credit Isla Mujeres al Dia. The island's Pet Friendly Beach. Enjoy the Mexican Caribbean responsibly with your pets.
Isla Mujeres reports that due to a broken buoy line, boats are coming
closer to the beach, into the swimming area, which poses are risk to the
people there. VIDEO
Mujeres Al Dia reports of complaints about jet skis putting swimmers at
risk and says tourists are requesting that authorities give this
immediate attention before an accident occurs. Photo credits Isla Mujere Al Dia
SATURDAY...The governor advises residents 20-40 years old to take extra precautions against C-19 because they're the new "At Risk" population. This is because second doses of vaccine have been administered to those 40 and older, except some municipalities are still jabbing the forty-somethings. First doses have been administered to those 30+ in Isla Mujeres & are in-process around the state. Residents in their 20's have been advised to register on the national mi vacuna site.
first graphic is the Navy's official sargasso report for today, with
Isla Mujeres beaches in Green/"scarce". It notes that since March, more
than 23 tons have been removed from Q.Roo's beaches. On the 2nd graphic,
we're in Blue/"without or with little", from the "Red de Monitoreo del
Sargazo de Quintana Roo". Here's a link for the shoes made from sargasso
& PET. LINK
FRIDAY, July 16.. As of yesterday, there have been a total of 366 cases of C-19 officially reported in Isla Mujeres with 37 deaths and 306 recovered. One week prior (last Thursday the 8th) there were 351 cases with 37 deaths and 295 recovered. A difference of 15 new cases in a week.
FRIDAY.... TODAY'S UPDATE--JETWAY NOW PROVIDES LONGER FERRY HOURS THAN ULTRAMAR!! The first ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 6a and the last ferry departs Puerto Juarez at 11p!!
FRIDAY...The two Jetway ferries are providing passenger service to the island with 24 round-trips daily, departing Puerto Juárez from 6:30 am to 9 pm and from Isla Mujeres 7 am until 10 pm.
was a fire in a fruit store on prologacion Rueda Medina, near Broncos,
with only material damage, which was extinguished by the firefighters. LINK
video of the firefighters extinguishing the fruiteria fire...the
reporter walks around to the front at ~seven & a half minutes. LINK
FRIDAY....La Tertulia reports that the Captain of the boat "Rosa Coral" will make a declaration in upcoming days to the Ministerio Público /Public Prosecutor's Office about the sinking of his boat on July 13, which resulted in the unfortunate deaths of two adults and a child. An investigation has been opened to determine responsibility for the crime of homicide and aggravated injury against different persons.
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Public events have been suspended due to C-19, mostly.
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 US National Hurricane Center
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