• Today will be sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a northwest wind around 17 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 25. There is a freeze watch in effect from midnight to 8 a.m. tomorrow. We’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day tomorrow, with a high near 49 and a 20 percent chance of rain after 3 p.m. Rain is likely Saturday, mainly before 9 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 52.
• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered everyone in the state to wear a face covering in public in places where they can’t maintain social distancing, effective tomorrow, April 17. There is currently no penalty for not adhering to the requirement, which will be enforced by local police, but Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday that he will consider penalties if people do not comply.
• Suffolk County depends on sales tax revenue for nearly 40 percent of its operating budget, and County Executive Steve Bellone said Wednesday the closure of the county’s economy will likely have a major impact on the county’s finances. He urged all residents to respond to the U.S. Census at my2020census.gov to make sure all residents are counted so the county can get as much federal aid as possible in response to Covid-19. The federal government has moved the deadline for collecting census data to Oct. 31 in light of the crisis.
• Mr. Bellone reported Wednesday that total hospitalizations in the county increased by 22 people in the last 24 hours, with ICU admissions up by 31. He did not have data on deaths in the past 24 hours as of his daily update, but did report that 174 people had been released from the hospital in the past 24 hours, the highest number of Covid hospital discharges in one day to date.
• As of Thursday morning, there were 23,752 cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk County, with 339 in Southampton Town, 249 in Southold Town, 242 in Riverhead, 108 in East Hampton and six on Shelter Island.
• The Peconic Landing retirement community in Greenport, where several of the first reported cases of Covid-19 in the county were found, gave an update on its response to the virus Wednesday. The community is still accepting messages of good wishes for its residents, along with donations of personal protective equipment. “Our region, nation and globe are being challenged in a way that was unfathomable just a short while ago. During this time, the unwavering dedication and compassion of our team members and the strength of spirit of our members both awe and inspire us. They are the beacon lighting the way for our campus and the greater community. We express our very deepest appreciation to them and to all who know and care about Peconic Landing,” said the community’s CEO, Robert J. Syron.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:56 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:04 a.m., 5:40 p.m.
Greenport: 6:33 a.m., 7:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:14 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:28 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:55 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:02 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:42 a.m., 5:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:51 a.m., 3:31 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:56 a.m., 7:23 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:04 a.m., 6:31 p.m.
Greenport: 7:33 a.m., 8 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:15 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:28 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:55 a.m., 9:22 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:02 a.m., 9:29 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:41 a.m., 6:20 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:50 a.m., 4:29 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.