• We’re expecting rain this morning, tapering off after 3 p.m., with a high temperature near 51 degrees and a north wind 20 to 22 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 32 mph. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers this evening, mainly before 9 p.m., with cloudy skies and a low around 40. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 52 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 53.
• Respiratory Therapist Shari Hymes, who works for both Stony Brook ELIH and Stony Brook Southampton Hospitals, has had a first-hand look at the difficulties facing patients battling Covid-19, and she has decided to go the extra mile in helping Stony Brook ELIH battle this disease. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Thursday that the county’s ProHealth urgent care clinics, including the one at 1149 Old Country Road in Riverhead, are now opening their Covid-19 testing sites to all symptomatic first responders. To make an appointment, call 516.874.0411. Their other centers are in Jericho, Lake Success and Little Neck.
• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state is extending the open enrollment period for its health insurance marketplace, the New York State of Health, through May 15 to allow uninsured New Yorkers to sign up for health care. This move comes one day after President Donald Trump said he would not extend the open enrollment period for the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace. New York opted at the start of the ACA to run its own marketplace.
• The governor is also calling on any business in the state that has the capacity to make medical supplies to call 212.803.3100 or e-mail email@example.com. New York will purchase the supplies and and pay to convert the manufacturing facility to be able to make them.
• In Suffolk County, 1,057 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized as of April 2, with 314 of those patients in intensive care. Eighty-four people have died from the disease in the county, 15 of them in the prior 24 hours, according to the Suffolk County Health Department.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.