More than 17,000 throughout North Shore have tested positive for coronavirus

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More than 17,000 throughout North Shore have tested positive for coronavirus
More than 17,000 people throughout the North Shore tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to health department statistics. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

More than 17,000 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 highest one-week increases a week after seeing 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 3,813 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas.

The Village of Mineola saw the highest increase of cases over the one-week period with nearly 200 new cases. Mineola’s 1,628 cases and Garden City’s 1,443 cases accounted for more than 3,000 of the 3,813 total cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,437 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third most confirmed positives, 1,248, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 1,099 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 812 cases, were also among the top 10 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 300 new cases over the past week. The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Great Neck Plaza accounted for nearly 2,000 total cases. The peninsula accounted for 3,209 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, with 1,971 cases, saw an increase of more than 200 cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 992 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, and Manorhaven had 570 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 2,240 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 267 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 93.62, is one of the four highest rates in Nassau County, according to Health Department figures. Despite this, the village has seen one of the lowest three-month increases of any analyzed municipality, with fewer than 150 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics.  Roslyn Heights had 529 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 402.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,209 cases, with around half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,300 cases.

A total of 130,386 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,693 had died since the pandemic began. Exactly 700 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 116 in intensive care units and 72 on ventilators, according to county figures.

Throughout New York, more than 1.4 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 43,500 people had died. In New York City, 617,000 people had contracted the virus, and 27,298 had died.

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