North Shore hits lowest weekly increases of coronavirus since mid-March, statistics show

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More than 4,100 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, 51, was the fewest 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 4,140. That number increased over the week to 4,191.

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.

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

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 145 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 627 cases, an increase of 10 from last week.

According to the map, the New Hyde Park area had a total of 1,067 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, an increase of just one from the previous week.

Mineola, Garden City, Williston Park and East Williston combined for a total of 706 confirmed cases, which accounts for almost all of the area’s total of 729 cases.  

Port Washington accounts for 379 of the North Shore’s cases. Of that total, 215 are from town-governed areas and 96 in Manorhaven.

A total of 777 residents throughout the Great Neck peninsula had tested positive for the virus, an increase of 15 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 387 of the area’s confirmed cases, an increase of 12 from the previous week. Kings Point still ranks third in the area’s confirmed cases with 98.

Manhasset, with 235 confirmed cases, has closer proximity to areas with more positive cases but had the lowest increase of cases over the past week with five.

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 night, according to figures provided by the county Department of Health,  39,907 county residents had tested positive for the coronavirus, an increase of 612 from the previous week. This week was the first time since late March that the number of new cases in one week did not exceed 1,000.

A total of 2,103 people have died in the county. Total hospitalizations, 410, and patients on ventilators, 127, both have significantly decreased over the past five weeks, according to the figures.

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

The first phase of the plan, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk, so long as the health trends continue to meet the guidelines.  

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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