Thursday, November 4, 2021

Isla Mujeres News & Events Thursday, November 4


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        Second doses (only) of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines will be available on Mon. Nov 8, Tues. Nov 9, and Wed. Nov 10 at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria from 8a to 6p, and those who were vaccinated on Oct. 6-8 are invited.
      This week the Governor reported that Q Roo is among the three states with the highest vaccination rates in the nation, with 97% of adults partially vaccinated and 81% fully vaccinated against C-19.
      Both zones of the state remain in Green Stage 1 on the state epidemiological light thru Nov. 15. In our Northern Zone the Contagion Rate is at 0.89, which indicates cases are declining. The Hospital Occupancy Rate is 6-7%, with the occupancy rate for beds with ventilators at 7%.
      Although Isla Mujeres shows a 356% increase, the Governor noted its average daily rate of cases is only about 0.5, (and we were having zero cases recently). The increases/decreases are over the recent 15 day-period, as indicated by the grey bar. Cases continue to decrease in Cancun (Benito Juarez), with a drop of 25%, which is significant since about half of the state's population lives there. Quintana Roo remains Green on the national light.
     Cold Front #7 is expected to bring cooler temperatures when it arrives in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Today....In the fifth week of work, 7264 tons of trash have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility and taken to the mainland landfill in a total of 399 trips. The Mayor reported the clean-up of the island's parks & gardens is 75% complete. She explained that they are doing pruning & brush cleaning work daily, and working with a borrowed truck, so you may see piles in some locations, which are not forgotten and will be collected. She reminded residents not litter & to comply with the trash collection schedule for the benefit of those who live here and those who visit the island.
In regard to replacing the burnt-out street lights, progress has reached 45 percent. She added that in the Continental Zone on the mainland part of the municipality, they have cleaned out 53 areas of clandestine dumping, collecting about a thousand tons of waste, and repaired about 47 percent of the public lighting.

Tuesday night, Governor Joaquin reported that 97% of adult residents have received at least one dose and 81% are fully vaccinated against C-19, making Quintana Roo one of the top three states leading the nation in vaccination rates.

Flu vaccines are now available from 9a-12p weekdays at the Town Hall or the Community Hospital for residents over 60 or under 5 years of age, pregnant women, or those 5 to 59 with a comorbidity.

Wednesday....The municipal police plan to continue carrying out operations to verify that motorcycles and cars have current plates and registrations and their drivers have valid licenses. Sanctions will be issued for those with expired registrations/plates but drivers lacking a current license will not be fined. This is because the police department is temporarily unable to issue licenses due to a lack of materials, but they have submitted a request to the municipal government.

Work improving the Town Square was inaugurated Wednesday, which the Mayor expects to help with the island's economic recovery, along with the improvements being made at Punta Sur. This project includes 1650 square meters of stamped concrete, with benches with tables and LED lights, as well as a 185 square-meter kiosk with ramps, at a cost of 7.1 million pesos.

Photos from the final night (Tuesday) of the Festival of Light & Life, Between the Living & the Dead" whose theme was Hanal Pixan-Feast for the Souls.

Tuesday's "Hanal Pixan Night" concluded the events of the festival of "Luz y Vida, Entre Vivos y Muertos" / Light & Life, Between the Living & the Dead in Isla Mujeres. The evening began with the Yucatecan Gastronomic Show "El Traditional Pib" (tamale) and continued with "The Origins of Hanal Pixan" (Feast/Food for the Souls), an Altars Contest (with a 5000 pesos prize for first place), and a Vaquería de las Ánimas (Dance). The town historian, Don Fidel Villanueva Madrid, set up a traditional altar while explaining the meaning of each element. The festival, which began on Oct. 31st, celebrated the cultural traditions of Hanal Pixan & Dia de los Muerto, instilling them in the new generations of the municipality, as well as promoting cultural tourism. FB VIDEO         

Photos from Monday evening's events on the Town Square.

Photos from Monday evening's procession up Hidalgo from the Cemetery to the Town Square

Hanal Pixan celebration/procession on the mainland from Puerto Juarez featuring six boats, dozens of Catrinas, and thousands of Cancun residents.

Photos from Monday's procession from the cemetery to the Town Square where there were performances & an altar display representing different regions of Mexico. Thanks, Tony Garcia!

Monday evening....The Altars Exposition by Jean Piaget School on the Square. At 8p the Renatta Dance Group Selectivo RDS will perform "Hasta la Raiz", followed by the Catrina Contest at 8:30p. The Artistic Festival at 9p features four dance troupes and two local singers.FB VIDEO    

Monday evening...Procession of the Souls from the Cemetery to the Town Square, to be followed by the Altar Exposition-Exhibit on the Square. At 8p the Renatta Dance Group Selectivo RDS will perform "Hasta la Raiz", followed by the Catrina Contest at 8:30p. The Artistic Festival at 9p features four dance troupes and two local singers.  FB VIDEO  

Meanwhile, offshore....more great local photography! Thanks, Arturo!

Great photos from Sunday night's Festival of Light & Life with pics from the kid's Costume Contest. Thanks, Tony Garcia!

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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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