North Shore sees continuous decline in number of new COVID-19 cases, 17 since May 27

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More than 4,200 North Shore residents had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday night, according to figures provided by the Nassau County Department of Health. (Chart created by Robert Pelaez)

The number of North Shore residents who tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, 17, is the lowest number since the third week in March, according to statistics provided by the Nassau County Department of Health.

Last week, the confirmed number of coronavirus cases throughout North Shore communities was 4,191. That number increased over the week to 4,208.

The figures, broken down by community on the county’s interactive map, were the most up-to-date figures available as of Wednesday morning.

Port Washington accounts for 379 of the North Shore’s cases. Of that total, 215 are from town-governed areas and 96 in Manorhaven. The area did not see any new cases of the coronavirus over the past week, something that has not occurred throughout the North Shore since the state of emergency in Nassau County was declared.

The Village of Roslyn still had the most cases per 1,000 residents in Nassau County, according to figures provided by the county Department of Health.

According to figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated population of the Village of Roslyn was 2,882 in 2018. According to the county figures, Roslyn’s 147 cases amount to 50.8 cases per 1,000 residents.

New Cassel has the second-highest rate per 1,000 residents in the county but still had more than five times as many cases as Roslyn. Roslyn Heights had 124 cases as of Monday, but that translated to a rate of 18.7 cases per 1,000 residents.  Roslyn Harbor’s 16 cases resulted in a rate of 17.1 cases per 1,000 residents.

Municipalities 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 629 cases, an increase of just two from last week.

That area has been one of the most affected throughout all of Nassau County with close proximity to villages with high infection rates such as Uniondale and Hempstead, each with over 1,000 confirmed cases.

According to the map, the New Hyde Park area had a total of 1,069 confirmed cases of the virus.  North New Hyde Park, just south of Manhasset Hills and Lake Success, is the area with the most confirmed cases at 424, showing no increase from last week.

Mineola, Garden City, Williston Park and East Williston combined for a total of 745 cases.

A total of 783 residents throughout the Great Neck peninsula had tested positive for the virus, an increase of six from last week. The Great Neck peninsula saw the highest number of new cases throughout the North Shore over the past week, according to the figures.

The centralized villages, such as the Village of Great Neck and Great Neck Plaza, account for 389 of the area’s confirmed cases, an increase of two from the previous week. Kings Point still ranks third in the area’s confirmed cases with 99.

Manhasset, with 237 confirmed cases, has closer proximity to areas with more positive cases but had the lowest increase of cases over the past week with just one.

The town-governed parts of Manhasset, with 122 confirmed cases, along with North Hills, Flower Hill and Herricks, made up a majority of the area’s cases.  The villages of Manhasset Hills, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Manor and Plandome Heights accounted for 114 cases, a number that did not see any growth from the previous week.

As of Tuesday, there were a total of 40,572 cases, and 2,127 coronavirus-related deaths, throughout Nassau County, according to statistics provided by the Department of Health. Total hospitalizations in Nassau fell below 300 for the first time since the pandemic began.

The encouraging decline in positive cases, deaths, hospitalizations and patients on ventilators led Nassau to begin the first phase of reopening on Wednesday, May 27.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that dental offices could reopen beginning on Monday as part of the state’s phased reopening plan. Cuomo additionally announced that summer day camps would be permitted to reopen on June 29, while sleepaway camps are still under discussion.

Officials say Long Island is on track to begin phase two of the phased reopening, which includes barbershops and hair salons, next Wednesday.

Phase two, Cuomo said, is a more in-depth look at each business on a case-by-case analysis, and finding the best ways to reopen. He said officials will determine a business’ essential service to the community, the risks of reopening and the importance of its reopening. Phase two would include retail, professional and administrative services, and real estate.

Phase three includes dine-in restaurants, and phase four would include large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events.

Cuomo said business owners must analyze the precautions and safeguards that will need to be potentially addressed for each business.

Two weeks must pass before the next part of the plan is implemented, Cuomo said, in order to effectively monitor its impact. He said two weeks covers the incubation period of the virus.

No more than 50 percent of the maximum capacity of a workplace can be used, protective equipment such as masks and gloves must be worn, and social distancing must be adhered to for all phases, according to the guidelines.

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