Wednesday May 27 2020

Posted by on May 27, 2020
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    Symptoms of COVID-19
  • Susanna Distancia, a cartoon character created to encourage social distancing in the early days of COVID19 in Mx.
    Susanna Distancia, a cartoon character created to encourage social distancing in the early days of COVID19 in Mx.
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    Distribution of COVID-19 in Baja California Sur 05-26-23
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    Distribution of COVID-19 in Baja California 05-26-23
  • Distribution of COVID-19 in Mx 05-26-23
    Distribution of COVID-19 in Mx 05-26-23
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    Distribution of COVID-19 Deaths in Mexico 05-26-23



Updated Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Mexico remains in the grips of Phase three of the epidemic with the greatest daily increase of new cases and COVID-19 deaths occurring over the past weekend. Monday morning results here in Baja California Sur and Mexico have been lighter, most likely resulting from lighter Sunday staffing in government and no lab results are delivered by express services. There is good news attached to the lockdown in Baja. In statistics released May 21 from the office of the State Attorney General's Office (PGJE), reported crime in the southern state was down 43% in Baja California Sur. And to make things easier for quarantined family stores and takeout restaurants will be open until 9 PM beginning 5/22.

The bad news is, with the current numbers as of 5/21 Mexico has entered the top 10 countries in the world for COVID-19 related deaths. 

In his daily postings Governor Carlos Mendosa Davis on May 20 stated that although Baja California Sur is receiving high marks on distancing and use of mouth coverings it was the second-worst state in the nation on increased mobility. He encouraged citizens to remain with the "Cuidate en Casa" (take care at home) directive issued in March. 

On May 20 in La Paz the recently created Guardia National was passing out 'care packages' door to door. A recorded announcement from the military truck requested citizens remain indoors and a Guard member would bring a package to your door. The package consisted of a kilo bag of beans, rice, lentils, and a whole frozen chicken. Although it is "free food" we would hope that our readers in La Paz not in need of such assistance would respectfully decline the care package. 

On May 18, 2020, the Governor of Baja California Sur addressed the citizens via social media as to the extension of the Stay at Home policy into June. Previously the Governor Carlos Mendoza David had posted on his Facebook page of May 13 that the May 31 reopening of Baja California Sur was not likely to happen. Both Baja California and Baja California Sur remain "Red States" on the federal government "traffic light" of infection levels, so they will not be reopening the first of June.

Hotels, tours, schools, and non-essential businesses will remain closed for an unspecified amount of time across the peninsula into an unspecified date in June. 

The Governor acknowledged that with our lower population density and larger rural population the state my be behind the national curve. 

On May 14th the Mayor of La Paz said the stay at home and business restrictions will be extended through at least June 15 IN LA PAZ. 

In Baja California news, the Mayor of Tijuana held a meeting and outlined steps in the planning phase of reopening for business beginning gradually on June 1. The mayor acknowledged that Tijuana is very important to the economy of Mexico and the state with key industrial sectors located there. 

"We know that Tijuana is a key piece for the state's economy, but we must prioritize people's health; however, economic activity and employment are the means that support us," said Arturo González Cruz 

in Ensenada, the mayor Armando Ayala Robles there stated that although Tijuana is a national COVID-19 hot spot his city has been able to contain the spread of the virus "thanks to the healthy distance and confinement measures implemented." Heavy fines for business and restrictions of non-essential travel particularly for those from Southern California and Tijuana lead to positive results.


On May 20th the Mexican airforce delivered a transport plane full of medical equipment in Tijuana to bolster the state's medical facilities.


Across Mexico, the total number of confirmed cases is 74560 with 2464 new cases on Sunday. Deaths now stand at 8134

In Baja California, there are 4316 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus with a total of 717 deaths. The northern state, with the third-largest city in the country, Tijuana along with Mexicali are COVID-19 hotspots, while more rural areas are less affected. 

In Baja California Sur, there are 522 confirmed cases of the virus and 32 deaths. Only a few dozen people per day are being tested in the state, those that meet most of the symptoms of the virus, and results can take more than a week to return in many cases. The state's health projecting software estimates that 7 to 12 times more people have been theoretically infected. Each day of the past week of posting as brought the largest numbers of new cases, despite low levels of testing.

With the size of the datapool increasing the worldwide relative lethality has fallen to 6.4%


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On May 4th the Security Council of La Paz announced additional measures that will remain in effect now through at least June 15th as follows:

  1) Self-service stores (ie: Soriana, Walmart, Ley's et al) and restaurants selling prepared food must close at 8 pm. This is now statewide and fines are up to $17,000MN for businesses remaining open after 8 PM.

  2) Checkpoints will be established to keep traffic to essential trips

  3) Increased inspections to determine if open businesses are truly 'essential' and closing those that do not meet criteria

The numbers indicate that Baja California Sur remains in the most critical phase of the pandemic development and projecting a reopening date for the state is not yet possible. Baja California and particularly Tijuana and Mexicali are considered the Mexican epicenter of the spread of the disease at this time. Baja California Sur may be lagging a week or two behind the national infection rate curve.

The Governor's address of May 18th advised citizens that patience and encouraged their participation in the stay-at-home order are for the health benefit of all. 

Mining and construction industries may be cleared to reopen toward the end of May, but that decision remains only a possibility.  

Here is a timeline of the implementation of COVID-19 related restrictions in Baja California Sur, Baja California and Mexico:

May 23, 2020 The Citizens Council of Todos Santos (BCS) appeals for assistance, touting the extreme impact of the virus in the community, lack of government support, overwhelmed health facilities in the Pueblo Magico.

May 21, 2020, the Baja California city of Rosarito restricts access to residents only. 

May 21, 2020, La Paz reduces restrictions on self-service store hours, stores and To-go restaurants may remain open until 9 PM

May 19, 2020, The US/Mexico non-essential travel restrictions may be extended to June 22.

May 18, 2020, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis addresses the reopening of Baja California Sur extending the lockdown into June but leaving the possibility of reopening the mining and construction industries in the state. Schools are terminated for the semester and those in the graduating grades will be evaluated on the partial completion of the school year.

May 13, 2020, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis announces the reopening date for Baja California Sur of May 31 is unlikely

May 4, 2020 Mouth coverings are required in La Paz. One person per vehicle restrictions are in place and no alcohol is to be sold after 6 pm. Retail stores and locations serving prepared food will close at 8 pm. A 10 pm curfew is placed in effect for La Paz.

April 22, 2020, The Governor of Baja California suspended all non-essential business and department stores must section off non-essential departments. Mouth coverings are required to enter markets and in all public places in La Paz, including strangely enough, in your car. (On April 24 reports in the local media stated that this was true for La Paz, but the Governor stated this is only for those showing symptoms statewide. )

April 12, 2020, US Customs and Border Patrol announced Friday the closure of the pedestrian walkways from Mexico into California and the number of lanes for vehicular traffic will be reduced. Commercial operations will continue. Non-essential cross border traffic is suspended.

April 11, 2020, Several pueblo's that are not on the way to anywhere restricted access to their communities, particularly in those communities isolated from critical care. Todos Santos, Cabo Pulmo, Los Barilles, Miraflores, Loreto, Mulege, San Evaristo, Agua Verde, and San Javier have begun to enforce entry restrictions. Hwys 1, 5 and 19 remain open 

April 10, 2020, the Municipality of Los Cabos indicated they will begin issuing citations for more than one person per car. (There will be obvious exceptions)

April 5, 2020, All hotels, timeshares, bed and breakfast, and AirBnB residences must close.

April 3, 2020, All bars, restaurants, and theaters will be closed and public gatherings will be suspended. La Paz closed the Malecon to foot and vehicle traffic. A limit of one person per vehicle with mouth coverings required, except for transporting someone in need of care to a medical facility. (Except if you think they are suffering from COVID-19 you are supposed to call for special medical transport)

April 2, 2020, The Governor of Baja California Sur announces that those with confirmed cases of COVID-19 that do not self-isolate and continue to put others at risk in spreading the virus will be sited under emergency health regulations.

March 22, 2020, The US, Mexico, and Canada agree to suspend all non-essential cross border traffic. 

Susanna Distancia is born. A cartoon character created by Mexico City Dr. Ricardo Cortés for the government to encourage social distancing and as a fringe benefit, empower women in a machismo culture

just part of the national lockdown because too many were treating it as a vacation period. Technically, this applies to Bahia Balandra as well. 

March 21, 2020, Baja California Sur announces its first cases of COVID-19 being an American tourist and an infected local. 

March 19, 2020, The City of La Paz enacted the campaign "I stay at home" which includes the suspension of public events, closure of bars, among other measures. Currently, schools will close at the end of classes today and there will be a significant reduction in staff for nonessential departments and time reductions for parents who must attend children at home, due to school closures. Throughout the southern state, restaurants were required to reduce seating by 50% and a warning that closures were likely on the detection of the first case in the state.

Since National Parks were closed nationwide park police began to enforce this at the policed Islands of the Sea, all of the islands in the Sea of Cortez except for a handful are part of the National Park System.

March 17, 2020, Baja California announces its first cases of COVID-19 in two women. tracing the infection to the US.

March 11, 2020, The coronavirus outbreak was officially labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold in two weeks. He said he was "deeply concerned" by "alarming levels of inaction". 


In late April the sub secretary of Prevention and Promotion of Health, Dr. Hugo Lopez Gatel presented the estimations of the Sentinal Model to be much higher than the actual reported cases of COVID-19. The model, built by the government in 2016 to provide information to healthcare workers in times such as these, takes into account the contagion of those not presenting symptoms, in addition to those testing positive. This alone provides a multiplier of 10 to 12 times the apparent number. 


In Los Cabos, the Los Cabos College of Architechs established a program to help construction workers return to their home state. with the termination of most construction underway many are left without transportation, a place to stay or means to return home. More than 200 have applied for assistance. The phone numbers to call to apply for the program are 624-147-5713 or 624-117-4935 or 624-108-8978.



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