During the pandemic, I started using a “checklist” of websites – for primary sources in particular – to stay in tune to develoments in Mexico. Over time, that list grew and got a little more organized. As we migrated inside the Sea of Cortez / Gulf of California, the list grew as the regions I tracked grew.
We assume there will be a surge in virus cases again, and that being able to quickly access information sources to try and stay dialed into restrictions will again be important. Sharing our experience under the peak of covid’s first wave in Mexico on the SSCA’s webinar on Pacific North America on October 8, 2020, prompted publishing.
Official data and local media outlets
- Sailpan.info (shown at the top of this page) displays crowd-sourced information provided mostly, if not entirely, by cruisers.
- Mexico’s official data (screenshot above) on cases, fatalities, etc. for Covid-19: coronavirus.gob.mx/datos/
- U.S. Embassy in Mexico’s Covid-19 updates: mx.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Mexican government Coronavirus information: coronavirus.gob.mx/medidas-de-seguridad-sanitaria/
- Baja California Sur government: bcs.gob.mx/
- English-language segment of Coronavirus portion of BCS gov website: coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/
- News media – Mexicanist: mexicanist.com/l/coronavirus
- News media -El Universal: eluniversal.com.mx/tag/covid-19
Sea of Cortez: Official FB
We found government agencies often have Facebook pages, and that those pages are an efficient way to get the latest updates on local restrictions.
- Puerto Peñasco government: facebook.com/gobiernoptopco/
- Loreto municipality government: facebook.com/IXAyuntamientoLoreto/
- Loreto mayor’s official profile: facebook.com/ArelyArcePeralta
- La Paz gov: facebook.com/XVIAyuntamientoLaPaz
- Baja California Sur Governor’s profile: facebook.com/CMendozaDavis/
- Baja California Sur government: facebook.com/GobEdoBCS/
Banderas Bay: official sources
- Nayarit government: facebook.com/GobNay/
- Banderas Bay government: facebook.com/gobdebadeba/
- Vallarta government: facebook.com/GobVallarta/
- Jalisco government: facebook.com/GobiernoJalisco/
- Jalisco Secretary of health : twitter.com/FPetersenA
- Jalisco health dept: facebook.com/SaludJalisco
- Jalisco official page for Covid: coronavirus.jalisco.gob.mx/
Non-official local information
Local Facebook groups, or the pages of local media outlets on Facebook, were another excellent way to get updates on the latest restrictions.
- Sea of Cortez Sailors: facebook.com/groups/277885329386179/
- Bahia de Los Angeles info: facebook.com/groups/1438046299836992/
- Cabo Mil (Cabo radio station): facebook.com/cabomilnews/
- Baja insider: facebook.com/Bajainsider/
- COVID-19 BCS: facebook.com/groups/215295309677175/
- Guerrero Negro: facebook.com/guerrerodesal / and facebook.com/GuerreroNegroNoticias