• We’re expecting areas of frost before 7 a.m. today but otherwise it will be sunny, with a high near 63 degrees and a northwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely overnight, with a low around 53. There’s a chance of showers before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Friday, with mostly sunny skies during the day and a high near 73. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
• Suffolk County reported a decline in new Covid-19 hospitalizations on May 11 for the first time since the pandemic began, starting the clock on what officials hope will be a 14 day period of declines necessary for the county to reopen its economy. The county is also working to meet the reopening metrics of 14 days of declines in hospital deaths and hiring of contact tracers. The county reported 243 newly diagnosed Covid cases on Wednesday, up from 150 on Tuesday. In total, 37,305 Suffolk residents have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and 6,328 residents have tested positive for antibodies after they’ve recovered from the disease.
• As of May 8, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital has reopened its Quannacut inpatient detox and rehabilitation facility and is accepting new patients, after closing the rehab center in case the hospital needed to use the beds for Covid-19 patients. The hospital has also resumed diagnostic mammography, CAT scans and ultrasound in its radiology department.
• Beacon columnist Tim Kelly is having a hard time with the passing of days since Covid-19. Are you?
• Oysterponds Historical Society is collecting the community’s thoughts on living in the midst of a pandemic so that, in decades and centuries to come, our archives can “speak” to the future. Please email your experience to OHS’s Collections Manager, Amy Folk, at email@example.com and OHS will record them for posterity.
• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Facebook Live QWR Nature News series continues this afternoon at 1 p.m. with a lesson on how to draw a screech owl.
• Artist Linda Capello is giving weekly virtual drawing classes for $15 per session on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. through the South Street Gallery. Today she will focus on hands. Register online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:12 a.m., 4:54 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:20 a.m., 4:02 p.m.
Greenport: 4:49 a.m., 5:31 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:37 a.m., 6:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:44 a.m., 5:26 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:11 a.m., 6:53 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:18 a.m., 7 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:15 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:24 a.m., 2:04 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:16 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 5:03 p.m.
Greenport: 5:53 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:38 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:48 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:15 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:22 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:08 a.m., 4:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:17 a.m., 2:57 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.