• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a south wind 5 to 11 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 41. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. Tuesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 53. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
• We received the following statement Friday from Stony Brook Medicine, which applies for both Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, in response to the coronavirus outbreak:
Stony Brook Medicine is monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely and updates given by the CDC of the spread worldwide. We’re taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the Stony Brook Medicine community. We have been implementing the CDC containment strategy guidelines for detecting, tracking and isolating cases of COVID-19. In addition to the clinical protocols and screening process in place to quickly identify potentially infectious patients in the Emergency Department and Outpatient areas, our teams utilize key infection prevention and control measures and staff wear recommended personal protective equipment. Stony Brook Medicine is utilizing the Hospital Incident Command Structure to streamline, focus and coordinate the wide-ranging activities required to maximally respond to the evolving situation within our community.
Here at The Beacon, we are continuing to monitor this situation closely, and will provide relevant local information as it becomes available, particularly in light of the first case in New York State announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday, in a woman who traveled to Iran who was in self-isolation in Manhattan as of Sunday.
And also, as per the U.S. Surgeon General on Saturday — “STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
We conducted an informal survey of pharmacies and home improvement stores in Riverhead last week, and found it may already be too late to heed this advice. Shelves that normally would have contained face masks were completely empty in the half-dozen stores we visited.
• In ordinary news, New York State’s single use plastic bag ban went into effect Sunday. Residents of the South Fork are already well-acquainted with how this works after Southampton and East Hampton towns instituted plastic bag bans several years ago. If you live anywhere other than the South Fork, remember to bring your own bags, or prepare to shill out a nickel for a paper bag, when you go shopping.
• As the weather perks up this week, our Gardenwise columnist, Susan Tito, muses this month on some trees with beautiful bark that make up for the starkness of this leafless season.
• The Beacon’s March print edition is now on newsstands throughout the East End. Our print edition supports much of the work we do, and you’ll read many of our stories in print before you find them here. Subscribe today.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:01 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:09 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Greenport: 3:38 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:09 a.m., 4:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:33 a.m., 4:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5 a.m., 5:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:07 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:33 a.m., 2:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:22 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:03 a.m., 4:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:11 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
Greenport: 4:40 a.m., 5:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:06 a.m., 5:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:35 a.m., 5:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:02 a.m., 6:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:09 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:25 a.m., 3:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:34 a.m., 1:20 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.