• There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today, mainly before noon, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high temperature near 56. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 35. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. Saturday, with increasing clouds throughout the day and a high near 50. We’re expecting rain Sunday, with a high near 53.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said on his Thursday afternoon press call that he talked with representatives of the Suffolk County Health Department about a travel ban to the East End proposed by East End town supervisors, and said there was no epidemiological evidence that New Yorkers were responsible for cases of the disease here. “The virus has been here for some time. It was here weeks before the first cases, and we didn’t know it because there was no testing done,” he said, adding that “by all indications the virus has spread everywhere in our region. That includes the East End and the West End.”
• Peconic Landing in Greenport reported some good news Thursday for the first time since this outbreak began two weeks ago— six of its 13 employees who who had tested for the coronavirus have recovered, and the retirement community has not received any more positive diagnoses for the disease among its residents since 14 were reported to have the disease on Monday. As of Monday, 11 of the residents were in stable condition and three were in the hospital, two of whom have since died.
• There are currently 123 confirmed cases of the disease in Southold, 59 in Southampton, 45 in Riverhead, 18 in East Hampton and one on Shelter Island. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, there were 2,735 cases in Suffolk County and 287 patients were hospitalized, 103 of them in intensive care, up from 68 patients in intensive care on Wednesday.
• The Hamptons Doc Fest is honoring groundbreaking playwright Terrence McNally, who died in Florida on March 24 due to Covid-19 complications and was very active in the South Fork arts scene, with a series of archival interviews and photographs.
• The revolution in digital connection continues this weekend: The Parrish Art Museum hosts a virtual gallery talk and tour of its current Student Exhibition this evening at 5 p.m.; Guild Hall in East Hampton is launching a live Youtube chat with GE Smith on his “Portraits” series this evening at 7 p.m.
• People ask us all the time how they can support our work, and your support is more vital to us now than ever. Here’s how.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:26 a.m., 12:52 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: Noon
Greenport: 1:03 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:48 a.m., 2:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:58 a.m., 1:24 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:25 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:32 a.m., 2:58 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:47 a.m., 11:53 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:56 a.m., 10:02 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:04 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:12 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
Greenport: 1:41 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:22 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:36 a.m., 2:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:03 a.m., 3:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:10 a.m., 3:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:33 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.