• There’s 30 percent chance of rain today, mainly after 4 p.m., with areas of frost before 8 a.m. and mostly cloudy skies, with a high temperature near 51 degrees and a west wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a steady temperature around 48. We’re expecting rain Friday, mainly before 3 p.m., with a high temperature near 54. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
• In normal times, Suffolk County has just seven nurse epidemiologists working to trace the contacts of people here who have been diagnosed with infectious diseases. Now, as New York State builds a “tracing army” to stamp out the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, that number of contract tracers will likely swell hundredfold in a coordinated regional effort to identify people who have been exposed to the disease. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• North Fork New York State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo is calling on the United States to issue a declaration that the Covid-19 coronavirus is an act of terrorism by China. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East Hampton Town will begin enforcing its summer beach parking regulations beginning this Friday, April 24, and is immediately suspending sale of non-resident parking, beach driving and launch ramp permits to “ensure compliance with safeguards against the spread of Covid-19,” according to the town. This moves comes after parks in Montauk saw a massive influx of visitors last weekend, causing New York State to send out the state police to enforce regulations at state parks.
• Blaze Church at 50 Bell Avenue in Flanders will be distributing non-perishable items and other supplies on Thursday, April 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests can follow the signs marked “Free Groceries.” Upon arriving, a volunteer will place two bags of groceries in the trunk or back seat of the vehicle. All volunteers will be wearing personal protective equipment. Supplies will be distributed first come first serve basis. Walk ups are welcomed too but are required to maintain proper CDC mandates for social distancing and face coverings. Anyone wanting to donate or volunteer can visit blazechurch.org/serve for details.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported Wednesday that the downward trend in Covid-19 hospitalizations in the county continues, with a decline of 57 people hospitalized in the prior 24 hours, bringing the total number down to 1,377 “for the first time in weeks. He also reported 499 of those patients are in intensive care, also the first time in recent weeks that number has fallen below 500. Mr. Bellone did not have new death information to report, but did report that 141 people had been discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.
• There were 29,554 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk County as of Wednesday afternoon, with 495 cases in Southampton Town, 321 in Riverhead, 286 in Southold, 132 in East Hampton and seven on Shelter Island. The Town of Islip remains the hardest hit in Suffolk County, with 8,380 cases, followed by Brookhaven with 6,004.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:06 a.m., 11:17 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:25 p.m.
Greenport: 11:43 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:09 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:38 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:38 a.m., 1:05 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:45 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:08 a.m., 10:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:17 a.m., 8:27 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:46 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:54 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
Greenport: 12:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:43 a.m., 1:14 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:16 a.m., 1:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:23 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:44 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:53 a.m., 8:57 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.