Nearly 20,000 on North Shore have tested positive for coronavirus

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Nearly 20,000 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)

Nearly 20,000 people on the North Shore have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began a year ago, according to statistics provided by the Nassau County Department of Health on Wednesday.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.1 percent as of Wednesday, according to state Health Department figures.

As coronavirus vaccinations continue to be rolled out throughout the county, the North Shore once again saw one of the lowest one-week increases with fewer than 800 new cases in the past week, according to statistics.

The area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 4,493 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 in cases over the one-week period with fewer than 70 new cases. Mineola’s 1,895 cases and Garden City’s 1,745 cases accounted for more than 3,600 of the 4,493 total cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,931 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third-most confirmed positives, 1,411, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 1,284 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 905 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 again saw an increase of just more than 100 new cases over the past week. The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Great Neck Plaza accounted for more than 2,500 total cases. Kings Point hit 650 total cases as of Wednesday. The peninsula accounted for 3,676 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, which surpassed 2,200 total cases this week, saw an increase of fewer than 60 new cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 1,090 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, and Manorhaven had 673 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 2,575 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 284 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 99.58, is one of the five highest rates in Nassau County, according to Health Department figures. Despite this, the village has seen one of the lowest four-month increases of any analyzed municipality, with fewer than 170 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics. The village had just three new cases over the past week.  Roslyn Heights had 599 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 479.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,448 cases, with nearly half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,500 cases.

A total of 149,251 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,926 had died since the pandemic began. More than 477 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 80 in intensive care units and 47 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 47,345 people had died. In New York City, 733,000 people had contracted the virus, and 29,473 had died.

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