More than 19,000 on North Shore have tested positive for coronavirus since mid-March

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More than 19,000 North Shore residents had tested positive for the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic in mid-March as of Wednesday, according to county health department figures. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

More than 19,000 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 again saw one of the lowest one-week increases with fewer than 700 new cases in the past week, according to statistics.

The area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 4,367 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas.

Reflecting the overall decrease in new cases, the Village of Mineola saw its second-lowest increase of cases over the one-week period with fewer than 80 new cases. Mineola’s 1,834 cases and Garden City’s 1,698 cases accounted for more than 3,500 of the 4,367 total cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,796 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third-most confirmed positives, 1,374, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 1,225 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 883 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 just more 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 2,400 total cases. Kings Point hit 630 total cases as of Wednesday. The peninsula accounted for 3,549 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, which surpassed 2,000 total cases this week, saw an increase of fewer than 70 new cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 1,053 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, and Manorhaven had 647 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 2,494 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 277 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 97.12, 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 578 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 461.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,396 cases, with nearly half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,400 cases.

A total of 144,772 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,879 had died since the pandemic began. More than 530 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 86 in intensive care units and 55 on ventilators, according to county figures.  All three hospitalization figures are decreases from last week.

Throughout New York, more than 1.6 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 46,500 people had died. In New York City, 705,000 people had contracted the virus, and 28,954 had died.

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