• We’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day today, with a high near 56 degrees and rain likely after 2 p.m. The wind will be out of the west around 10 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a chance of rain and snow early Sunday and a low around 37 degrees. Winds will be out of the southeast 7 to 17 miles per hour, becoming north after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 50 degrees and a slight chance of showers after 3 p.m. Mother’s Day will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 58 degrees and a west wind around 21 miles per hour.
• A survey of antibodies to Covid-19 in the New York area released by Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday shows that health care workers a less likely than the general population to have already contracted the disease, despite being more likely to have been exposed. In New York City, 19.9 percent of the population had antibodies to Covid, compared with 12.2 percent of health care workers. On Long Island, 11.4 percent of the general population had antibodies, compared with 11.1 percent of health care workers. In Westchester, 13.8 percent of the general population had antibodies, compared with 6.8 percent of health care workers. The governor’s conclusion? Personal protective equipment works. Use it.
• Suffolk County is releasing a resource guide to aid small businesses with guidance on how to reopen safely. It is expected to be available shortly on the county’s Business Recovery Unit webpage. We’ll have more details as they become available.
• As of Thursday afternoon, 39,789 Suffolk County residents had tested positive for Covid-19, including 3,531 residents who had solely received a positive antibody test after they’d recovered from the disease. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported that 719 residents are hospitalized, 54 fewer than on Wednesday, but there are six more people in ICU, bringing that total to 301. The county is using 73 percent of its total hospital capacity and 70 percent of its ICU capacity. The county must have 30 percent of its hospital beds available for potential Covid patients before businesses can begin the state’s phased reopening. Mr. Bellone said Governor Cuomo will make the announcements when different areas of the state are able to reopen.
• Artists live in the world of the nearly impossible, so what’s happening in the world right now has led many of the East End’s most creative residents to seek new ways to communicate with the world. At the forefront of this effort are the East Hampton-based Neo-Political Cowgirls, whose “Primavera!” remote virtual reality immersive theater experience will be held tomorrow. The Beacon’s story is online here.
• The Sag Harbor School Distict’s Board of Education will be voting on Monday, May 11, on the appointment of Jeff Nichols as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools, effective Tuesday, May 12. Mr. Nichols has served as the Pierson High School principal for the past 20 years, and has also been serving as interim superintendent this spring. He will temporarily continue to to serve in both roles to ensure continuity during the pandemic, according to the district.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:10 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:18 a.m., 10:38 p.m.
Greenport: 11:47 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:16 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:42 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:38 a.m., 1:09 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:45 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:24 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:33 a.m., 8:57 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:11 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Greenport: 12:07 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:05 a.m., 1:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:02 a.m., 12:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:29 a.m., 2:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:36 a.m., 2:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:17 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:26 a.m., 9:48 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.