More than 18,500 on North Shore have tested positive for coronavirus

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More than 18,500 people throughout the North Shore had tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March as of Wednesday, according to statistics from the Nassau County Department of Health. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

More than 18,500 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 with less than 700 new cases throughout the region in the past week, according to statistics.

The area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 4,189 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas.

Reflecting the overall decrease in new cases, the Village of Mineola saw its lowest increase of cases over the one-week period with fewer than 70 new cases. Mineola’s 1,772 cases and Garden City’s 1,609 cases accounted for more than 3,300 of the 4,189 total cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,688 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third most confirmed positives, 1,337, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 1,189 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 860 cases, were also among the top 10 villages or unincorporated town areas in terms of positive tests, according to Health Department statistics.

The Great Neck peninsula saw an increase of fewer than 100 new cases over the past week for the first time since the early months of the pandemic. The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Great Neck Plaza accounted for more than 2,300 total cases. Kings Point hit 610 total cases as of Wednesday. The peninsula accounted for 3,437 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, which surpassed 2,000 total cases this week, saw an increase of fewer than 60 cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 1,018 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, and Manorhaven had 620 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 2,408 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 274 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 96.07, 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 160 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics. The village had just three new cases over the past week.  Roslyn Heights had 557 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 433.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,330 cases, with nearly half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,400 cases.

A total of 140,686 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,830 had died since the pandemic began. More than 560 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 88 in intensive care units and 59 on ventilators, according to county figures.  All three hospitalization figures are decreases from last week.

Throughout New York, more than 1.5 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 45,600 people had died. In New York City, 676,000 people had contracted the virus, and 28,428 had died.

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