• Skies will clear throughout the day today, with a high temperature near 53 degrees and a west wind 7 to 14 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 31. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 52 and Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.
• Suffolk County reported 1,221 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Dec. 11, with 7.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 266 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 46 of them in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,711 people since March of 2020. As of Dec. 11, 80.4 percent of Suffolk residents ages 12 and up had completed a Covid-19 vaccination series, with 69 percent of the total county population fully vaccinated.
• As of today, all indoor public places in New York State must either require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or mandate customers wear masks in their stores, or the proprietors of the space will be subject to a $1,000 fine. Many local businesses are requiring masks, which is easier to enforce than the vaccination proof option. Restaurants that do not check vaccination status must require patrons to wear masks when not seated at their table.
• Even on the internet, there are plenty of ways to shop local this season, and we’ll be highlighting a few in the Morning Bulletin this week. Today, two local non-profits where you can shop online and pick up your order at their headquarters — the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and East End Arts.
• The Alzheimer’s Association’s Long Island Chapter will hold a series of webinars for both caregivers and on the latest research in treatment today through Wednesday. Here are more details.
• In amongst the holiday feasting, our Peconic Dish columnist makes space for simple suppers of salads and soups and bread. This month, she highlights a vibrant sweet potato soup that combines festive spices with creamy coconut milk and a touch of ginger, garlic, and turmeric to boost your immune system in the colder months, along with an oatmeal soda bread that mixes up and bakes quickly and is packed with grainy goodness. Read more in the Peconic Dish.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:35 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:43 a.m., 5:03 p.m.
Greenport: 6:12 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:54 a.m., 7:23 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:07 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:34 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:41 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:30 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:39 a.m., 2:53 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:23 a.m., 6:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:31 a.m., 5:51 p.m.
Greenport: 7 a.m., 7:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:45 am., 8:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:55 a.m., 7:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:22 a.m., 8:42 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:29 a.m., 8:49 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:22 a.m., 5:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:31 a.m., 3:47 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.