North Shore coronavirus cases near 15,000

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Nearly 15,000 people throughout the North Shore tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to county health department statistics. (Chart by Robert Pelaez)

Nearly 15,000 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.

After trailing the Great Neck peninsula, the only North Shore area to be deemed a “yellow zone” by the state, the area that incorporates the Willistons and Mineola had 3,260 cases as of Wednesday, the most of all analyzed areas.

The Village of Mineola once again saw one of the highest increase of cases over the one-week period with nearly 100 new cases. Mineola’s 1,404 cases and Garden City’s 1,240 cases accounted for 2,544 of the 3,260 cases in the area.

The New Hyde Park area accounted for 3,070 of the North Shore’s cases, with North New Hyde Park having the third most confirmed positives, 1,133, out of any analyzed area.  The villages of Floral Park, with 975 cases, and New Hyde Park, with 714 cases, were also among the top seven 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 42 cases over the past week, after nearing 400 new cases over the past two weeks. The Village of Great Neck’s 839 coronavirus cases were the most on the peninsula, followed by the Village of Kings Point’s 537 and the Village of Great Neck Plaza’s 469. The peninsula accounted for more than 2,800 cases, according to Health Department figures.

The Port Washington area, with 1,645 cases, saw an increase of nearly 200 cases over one week, according to the figures. The town-governed area of Port Washington had 824 total cases as of Wednesday, leading the peninsula, almost doubling Manorhaven’s 458 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 1,896 cases, according to county statistics.

The Village of Roslyn’s 232 cases appeared comparatively low, but the cases per 1,000 residents, 81.35, 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 two-month increases of any analyzed municipality, with fewer than 110 new confirmed cases since Nov. 1, according to county statistics.  The Village of Roslyn Heights had 478 total cases as of Wednesday, and the Village of East Hills had 344.

Manhasset, which has remained comparatively low since the beginning of the pandemic, had 1,048 cases, with around half coming from town-governed areas.  It is the only analyzed area with fewer than 1,200 cases.

A total of 114,969 Nassau County residents had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, and 2,563 had died since the pandemic began. More than 800 Nassau residents remained hospitalized due to the virus, with 117 in intensive care units and 75 on ventilators, according to county figures.  The county’s positivity rate was 6.2 percent as of Wednesday, with the seven-day rate at 7 percent.

Throughout New York, more than 1.2 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to state figures. Of that total, more than 40,900 people had died. In New York City, 542,000 people had contracted the virus, and 26,161 had died.

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