Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 59 degrees and a northwest wind 14 to 17 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 39. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 and a 30 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 60 and a 30 percent chance of showers before 8 a.m.

• Friends of Jeff Alt, a paramedic with the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, are raising money to help him recover from Covid-19. Jeff is hospitalized in ICU at Stony Brook University Hospital with double pneumonia. More details are online here.

• Testing for antibodies to Covid-19 has ramped up significantly on Long Island over the past two weeks, with commercial clinics now offering testing to the public and Suffolk County rolling out testing for first responders. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk include 773 in Southampton Town, 485 in Riverhead, 364 in Southold, 225 in East Hampton and six on Shelter Island as of Tuesday morning. Areas farther west have been much harder hit, with 10,894 cases in the Town of Islip and 8,191 in Brookhaven. Throughout the county, 817 people were hospitalized as of Monday afternoon, and 1,273 Suffolk residents had lost their lives to the disease.

• Suffolk County is seeking contact tracers to work with the County Health Department and a regional consortium of health professionals, including the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, to inform and help isolate people who have been exposed to Covid-19. The job requirements are a high school diploma for entry level positions, or some college for higher level positions, says Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. For more details, call Suffolk 311 (631.853.6311 if your phone won’t put you through directly).

• The Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation has purchased the 24-acre site of the former McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School from the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $14 million. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board meets remotely this afternoon at 2 p.m. To livestream the meeting, visit the town’s Channel 22 website. To comment on individual resolutions, email townclerk@townofriverheadny.gov or call 631-727-3200 to leave a message from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. To comment at the end of the meeting, call in to the Zoom conference at 1-929-205-6099, enter Meeting ID # 882-1982-4259 and then enter Password: 387719. More details on the procedures of the meeting are online here.The agenda for the meeting is online here.

• Our columnist Dave Davis talks in this month’s edition about some of the mindfulness programs that have helped him get through the past couple of months.

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

May 5 
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:39 a.m., 9:01 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:47 a.m., 8:09 p.m.
Greenport: 9:16 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:15 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:11 a.m., 9:33 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:38 a.m., 11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:45 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:49 a.m., 8:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:58 a.m., 6:31 p.m.

May 6
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:29 a.m., 9:49 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:37 a.m., 8:57 p.m.
Greenport: 10:06 a.m., 10:26 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:08 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:01 a.m., 10:21 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:28 a.m., 11:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:35 a.m., 11:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:42 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:51 a.m., 7:20 p.m.

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

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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