More than 13,000 on North Shore test positive for coronavirus

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More than 13,000 people throughout the North Shore of Nassau County had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to county health department figures. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

More than 13,000 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.

After trailing the Great Neck peninsula, the only North Shore area to be deemed a “yellow zone” by the state, the area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 3,037 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas and the only area to eclipse 3,000 cases. 

The Village of Mineola saw one of the highest increase of cases over the one-week period with nearly 200 new cases. Mineola’s 1,306 cases and Garden City’s 1,160 cases accounted for 2,466 of the 3,037 cases in the area.

The Great Neck peninsula saw an increase of 197 cases over the past week, after a one-week increase of 191 new cases the week before. The Village of Great Neck’s 797 coronavirus cases were the most throughout the peninsula, followed by the Village of Kings Point’s 512 and the Village of Great Neck Plaza’s 443.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 2,833 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third most confirmed positives, 1,034, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 905 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 663 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 Port Washington area, with 1,485 cases, saw an increase of more than 200 cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 756 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, almost doubling Manorhaven’s 390 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 1,758 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 223 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 77.49, is one of the 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 100 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics.  The Village of Roslyn Heights had 443 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 313.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 958 cases, with around half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,000 cases.

A total of 105,497 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,496 had died since the pandemic began. More than 760 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 105 in intensive care units and 54 on ventilators, according to county figures.  The county’s positivity rate was 7.5 percent as of Wednesday.

Throughout New York, nearly 1.2 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 39,000 people had died. In New York City, 499,000 people had contracted the virus, and 25,698 had died.

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