• There’s a 50 percent chance of rain today, mainly before 2 p.m., with cloudy skies and a high near 57, with a southeast wind 15 to 17 miles per hour, gusting as high as 32. Rain is likely overnight, with possibly a thunderstorm after 2 a.m. and a low around 53. We’re expecting rain on Friday, with a high near 60 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers before noon Saturday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 61.
• Suffolk County last saw a spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations on April 20 and total hospitalizations have been on a downward trend ever since. But the county is still reporting hundreds of new Covid-19 cases each day, and has a narrow margin of error to get reopening the economy right. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• CityMD urgent care, whose nearest StatHealth clinic is in the former Pizza Hut building across from Peconic Bay Medical Center on Route 58 in Riverhead has begun offering a Covid-19 antibody blood test to people who had previously had symptoms of Covid-19, been diagnosed with Covid-19 or had been in contact with someone who had the disease. Antibody testing is just beginning to be rolled out on Long Island, and we expect more clinics to be offering this testing in the weeks ahead. More details are online here.
• Blaze Church at 50 Bell Avenue in Flanders will be distributing non-perishable items and other supplies this afternoon 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. For more information, visit blazechurch.org/serve for details.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Congressman Lee Zeldin, and former NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion Gary Brown are holding a special Veterans Town Hall this evening at 5:30 p.m. on Mr. Bellone’s Facebook page. Suffolk County has the largest veteran population in the state, and this forum is a chance to hear from policy and decision makers about the current service offerings that are available veterans and tehir families during the Covid-19 outbreak.
• Memorial Day Parade cancellations have been flooding in this week, including the parades in Greenport Village, Southold and now East Hampton. We will provide more updates as soon as they are available.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:42 a.m., 4:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:50 a.m., 3:43 p.m.
Greenport: 4:19 a.m., 5:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:07 a.m., 5:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:14 a.m., 5:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:41 a.m., 6:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:48 a.m., 6:41 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:31 a.m., 3:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:40 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:52 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4 a.m., 4:45 p.m.
Greenport: 5:29 a.m., 6:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:11 a.m., 6:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:24 a.m., 6:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:51 a.m., 7:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:58 a.m., 7:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:34 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:43 a.m., 2:39 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.