Pictured Above: Fireboat at the ready, Greenport.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before 11 a.m., with a high temperature near 49 degrees and a northeast wind 8 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies overnight, with a low around 44. Friday will be cloudy, with a high near 61 and a southwest wind 11 to 17 miles per hour. Saturday will start out mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 48 and a north wind 13 to 16 miles per hour.

The latest:

Congressman Lee Zeldin Wednesday at the Stony Brook University mobile testing site.

• The first mobile coronavirus testing site in Suffolk County came online at noon yesterday at in the south commuter parking lot at Stony Brook University, as the county announced the number of confirmed cases in the county jumped by a third. The Beacon’s daily update on the coronavirus crisis is online here.

• All indoor portions of retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys in New York State are ordered closed as of 8 p.m. tonight, in addition to the ban on on-premises services at bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters.

• Update 10:50 a.m.: Governor Cuomo has updated the order below to decrease in-office personnel to 25 percent. He has also directed banks to provide mortgage relief to New York residents, suspending mortgage payments for 90 days with no credit score impact for those financially impacted by these restrictions. Mr. Cuomo also said that there are now 178 confirmed cases in Suffolk County.
Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent. Exemptions from the order apply to businesses that provide essential services, which will include: shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions. Additional guidance is expected to be issued. For questions on the coronavirus, please call the New York State Department of Health Novel CoronavirusHotline at 1.888.364.3065. 

 • Greenport Village will not disconnect any utility service for any of their customers until further notice, and is asking ratepayers economically affected by the coronavirus shutdowns to communicate their needs with village staff. Village hall can be reached at 631.477.0248.

• Opinion: I am a healthy person who doesn’t need any sympathy, but if you are also a healthy person I think you need to hear this coronavirus story, because you have a role to play in protecting our community too.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

March 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:25 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:33 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
Greenport: 8:02 a.m., 8:28 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:44 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:57 a.m., 8:23 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:24 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:31 a.m., 9:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:15 a.m., 6:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:24 a.m., 4:59 p.m.

March 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:14 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:22 a.m., 7:42 p.m.
Greenport: 8:51 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:39 a.m., 10:07 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:46 a.m., 9:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:13 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:20 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:12 a.m., 7:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:21 a.m., 5:52 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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