More than 15,000 on North Shore test positive for coronavirus

More than 15,000 on North Shore test positive for coronavirus
More than 15,000 people had tested positive for the coronavirus throughout the North Shore, according to health department figures. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

More than 15,000 people on the North Shore have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began in mid-March, according to statistics provided by the Nassau County Department of Health on Wednesday.

As coronavirus vaccinations continue to be rolled out throughout the county, the North Shore saw one of the lowest one-week increases in cases in the past four months, according to statistics. 

The area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 3,427 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas.

The Village of Mineola saw the fifth-highest increase of cases over the one-week period with nearly 100 new cases. Mineola’s 1,459 cases and Garden City’s 1,303 cases accounted for 2,762 of the 3,427 total cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,186 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third most confirmed positives, 1,167, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 1,019 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 741 cases, were also among the top eight villages or unincorporated town areas in terms of positive tests and were for the entire month of December, according to Health Department statistics.

The Great Neck peninsula saw an increase of nearly 100 new cases over the past week, after an increase of just 42 new cases the week before. The Village of Great Neck had more than 840 coronavirus cases, the most on the peninsula, followed by the Village of Kings Point’s 549 and the Village of Great Neck Plaza’s 490. The peninsula accounted for more than 2,900 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, with 1,745 cases, saw an increase of 100 cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 863 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, and Manorhaven had 503 cases.

Municipalities and unincorporated areas that stretch into more than one North Shore area such as Flower Hill, Herricks, Albertson, Garden City Park, Searingtown and North Hills were counted separately and accounted for 2,010 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 248 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 86.96, is one of the five highest rates in Nassau County, according to Health Department figures. Despite this, the village has seen one of the lowest two-month increases of any analyzed municipality, with fewer than 120 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics.  Roslyn Heights had 491 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 358.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,090 cases, with around half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,200 cases.

A total of 122,200 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,625 had died since the pandemic began. Nearly 800 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 110 in intensive care units and 63 on ventilators, according to county figures.

Throughout New York, more than 1.3 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 42,200 people had died. In New York City, 580,000 people had contracted the virus, and 26,720 had died.

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