• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 10 a.m., with a high near 48 degrees and an east wind 11 to 18 miles per hour. Rain will taper off overnight, with a low around 34. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 51 and Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
The latest on the coronavirus crisis:
• New York’s peak number of Covid-19 cases could be greater and sooner than expected, with a potential need of 140,000 hospital beds in as soon as 14 to 21 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his daily press briefing Tuesday morning.
• “Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread to others no matter where they have gone, whether it’s Florida, North Carolina or out to far reaches of Long Island,” said White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Deborah Birx at a Tuesday evening press briefing. “We’re starting to see new cases across Long Island that suggest people have left the city.”
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Tuesday that emergency medical service providers have or will soon be receiving a directive from New York State to “initiate viral pandemic triage protocol.” Mr. Bellone said first responders will now “screen for fever, cough, sore throat, common Covid-19 symptoms, then look at the patient’s age, severity of symptoms and make a determination at the scene whether the patient will need to be transported to the hospital.” He said that patients who are not deemed qualified to go to the hospital will be provided with a hand-out on who to contact if their symptoms worsen.
• The New York Blood Center has cancelled all blood drives scheduled from March 23 through April 12 for the safety of donors and its staff during the coronavirus crisis, but there is still a dire need for blood. Read more about how you can step up.
• Of the 1,880 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the county as of March 24, 104 were in Southold, 33 were in Riverhead, 24 were in Southampton, 12 were in East Hampton and two were on Shelter Island.
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The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:32 a.m., 11:48 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:40 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Greenport: 12:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:40 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:08 a.m., 1:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:15 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:36 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:45 a.m., 9:01 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:12 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:20 a.m., 11:34 p.m.
Greenport: 12:25 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:14 a.m., 1:39 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:20 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:47 a.m., 2:11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:54 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:11 a.m., 11:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:20 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.