This Morning’s Bulletin — 4.20.20

Good Morning!

• There’s a 20 percent chance of rain before noon today, with mostly cloudy skies, a high temperature near 57 and a north wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 34. There’s an increasing chance of showers throughout the day on Tuesday, with a high near 56 degrees. Wednesday will be sunny and breezy, with a high near 51.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported Sunday that three indicators of the flattening of the Covid-19 curve have now on the decline for three days in a row, including hospitalizations, ICU admissions and intubations. He reported there are currently 1,441 people hospitalized, 97 fewer people than the day before ,and 508 patients in ICU, down ten from Saturday, with 124 people discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours. After two days in which the county was unable to get death figures from the state, he reported that 825 Suffolk residents have now died from the disease, up from the last reported death total of 693.

“That number is staggering,” he said of the deaths. “Everyone in this county is thinking about you and praying for you,” he said to the families who had lost loved ones.

• There were 27,819 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk County as of Monday morning. Southampton Town has the most confirmed cases on the East End, with 432. There were 273 reported cases in Riverhead, 261 in Southold, 122 in East Hampton and seven on Shelter Island as of Monday morning, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. By comparison, the hardest hit towns in Suffolk are Islip, with 7,681 cases, and Brookhaven, with 5,517 cases.

• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his Sunday morning briefing that the New York State Department of Health is this week unrolling an aggressive antibody testing program to determine who in the state has already had Covid-19. “Our goal is to do the maximum amount of testing we can,” he said. We’ll have more details when this testing comes online locally.

• While Long Islanders were focused on the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, 26 local fire departments worked together Thursday afternoon, April 16, to contain the largest local brush fire so far this season near Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc reported Sunday that additional New York State Park Police and New York State Police officers will be deployed to monitor the parks in Montauk, after he urged New York State act to ensure adherence to safe social distancing requirements. The officers have begun enforcing social distancing, limiting visitors, and closing the parks when they reach social distancing capacity, according to Theresa Santoro, Governor Cuomo’s Suffolk County Regional Representative. The enforcement officers will be working increased hours to address the increased crowds in Montauk, Ms. Santoro added.

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

April 20 
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:16 a.m., 8:32 p.m.
Greenport: 9:45 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:42 a.m., 10:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:40 a.m., 9:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:07 a.m., 11:23 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:14 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:13 a.m., 8:37 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:22 a.m., 6:46 p.m.

April 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:47 a.m., 10:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:55 a.m., 9:10 p.m.
Greenport: 10:24 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:22 a.m., 11:34 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:46 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:53 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:53 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:02 a.m., 7:22 p.m.

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

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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