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Gardening in Chicxulub

This is a typical way of gardening in the Yucatan.  We are learning more about it every day. Wilfrido, in the photo is shown in his canche.  The beds behind him in Maya are called eras and grow healthy crops of radishes, leaf lettuce, cilantro, garlic and, to the right of the garlic, lemongrass. Both the eras and the canché accomplish the goal of gathering soil in one place so that it’s thick enough to be worked and to support plants.  This is a typical way of gardening in the Yucatan.  We are learning more about it every day. In the Yucatán this is often necessary because in many places the soil is exceedingly thin atop the limestone bedrock and so poor in organic matter that it dries out fast. The thinness isn’t entirely the result of erosion caused by frequent deforestation. Friar Diego de Landa in his manuscript of 1566 Relación de las cosas de Yucatán writes: Yucatán is a land of less soil than any I know, being all live flat stones with very little earth, so that there are few places where one can dig down a {unit of measure} without meeting great banks of large rocks. The canché has the advantage over the beds on the ground in that it’s harder for animals to get at the plants. You’ve heard about our animal depredations. The newest one is that someone, probably a Coati, dug up a cantaloupe-size jícama tuber, or yam-bean, and ate the whole thing, killing the sizable vine that had sprouted from it. Wilfrido’s canché is composed of an elevated bed of poles...

October Dispensa

Hi everyone! October 15th came and went  as I completely forgot it!  It was a day without power and internet and did not realize until all came back in the afternoon. Good thng that Carmita is so capable and in charge. We lost two of our seniors to illness (not covid) by heart attacks due to stress. ...

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Current info month of October This is the medical report for this Friday, October 30::As we have pointed out, in the economic reopening the most important data are hospital occupancy and daily income. Today we have 148 patients in public hospitals.17,891 patients have already recovered: they do not present symptoms nor can they infect. This figure represents 83% of the total registered infections, which are 21,438.Today 55 new infections of Coronavirus were detected. 35 in Mérida,7 in Valladolid,5 in Tizimín,2 in Buctzotz, and1 in Chemax, Hunucmá, Kaua, Motul, Río Lagartos and Temozón.Of the 21,438 positive cases, 193 are from another country or state.Specifically, in Mérida, 12,298 people have been diagnosed with Coronavirus (accumulated cases as of October 29).Unfortunately, in this medical report we report 5 deaths:1.- 52-year-old male from Mérida DM / IRC2.- 85-year-old male from Tizimín Without comorbidities3.- 59 year old female from Mérida HAS4.- 46-year-old male from Mérida DM / HAS5.- 59-year-old male from Oxkutzcab ObesityAcronyms: SYSTEMIC ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (SAH), DIABETES MELLITUS (DM) and CHRONIC KIDNEY INSUFFICIENCY (CRF).In total, 2,513 people have died from the Coronavirus.Of the active cases, 886 are stable, isolated, constantly monitored by SSY medical personnel; have mild symptoms.As we already mentioned, 148 of the positive cases are in public hospitals and in total isolation. There are other patients awaiting diagnosis.The age range of cases is from 1 month to 99 years.THE WEEKLY INDICATORS OF OUR STATE HEALTH TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE IN ORANGE. As of October 21th. Here is the report from The Beach Area NewYucatan is at the ORANGE level in Mexico’s 4-color “traffic light” system.  Orange means “non-essential” businesses (including some restaurants)...

Home of the Chixculub Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub

Remember this address: Calle 23 between 12 and 14 number 16A. There are 2 large posters, Chicxulub Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub and you won’t miss us. If you have items to drop off please call me or Carmita so someone will be there to welcome you. The house is almost complete.  We are waiting for the windows, sun screen and the garden area. Our Youth Volunteers have been active all summer and continue as we are still in this unknown with COVID. They have sorted clothes and shoes and delivered the packages to flooded out families, worked at the dispensa activity, had an inservice on gardening and are anxious to get started!! They held a bazaar and raised over 1000 pesos to be used towards the purchase of soil and seeds for the garden. I now must offer an apology! Carmita sent me wonderful photos of the finished house and I can not download them. Hopefully I will have them for next month. I am so...
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A brief history of Progreso/Chicxulub over the 3 months of the pandemic.  Early July, Progreso has gone from ninth to seventh place with the highest number of infections after Mérida, which is the one with the highest number of cases registered in the accumulated with 2,907 infections. Progreso registers 81 accumulated cases, of which 41 are active, 37 recovered and 6 deceased. September 8th: Coronavirus deaths hit 76-day low in Yucatan 104 new infections and 8 deaths, the lowest number reported since June 23 By Yucatán Expat Life – September 8, 2020 A week after the economic reopening was expanded, coronavirus infections and deaths continue to decline in Yucatan. Monday’s state health ministry briefing reported 104 new infections, the fewest daily figure since Aug. 31. Eight COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, the lowest number reported since June 23. Fatalities ranged in age from 21 to 72. Four were in Merida while the remaining fatalities hit Dzan, Kanasín, Progreso and Ticul. Comorbidities included hypertension, diabetes, obesity, chronic kidney disease, COPD and immunosuppression. Authorities warned that it is too soon to gauge the effects of the economic reopening, and warned the public to remain vigilant. Hospitalizations rose, however, by eight to reach 302, while people with mild symptoms and isolated at home totaled 856. Showing how widespread infections remain, authorities reported 67 in Merida, eight in Valladolid, four in Tekax and Ticul; two in Dzan, Hunucmá and Progreso; one from out of state; and one each in Buctzotz, Chemax, Dzidzantún, Dzilam González, Kanasín, Kinchil, Motul, Panabá, Peto, Tekit, Tixpéhual, Tizimín, Tzucacab and Yaxkabá.  Health authorities confirmed this Sunday...