Covid-19: Long Island Sees New Increase In Cases; Latest Breakdown By Community

Long Island has seen a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases as the positive infection rate continues to approach 5 percent during the winter surge of the virus.

The Nassau County COVID-19 breakdown on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Nassau County COVID-19 breakdown on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Photo Credit: Nassau County
The Suffolk County COVID-19 map on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Suffolk County COVID-19 map on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Photo Credit: Suffolk County

For more than a week, Long Island has reported an average of more than 30 new cases per 100,000 residents daily, with that number rising from 33.31 on Saturday, Nov. 27 to 35.89, according to the most recent update from the state Department of Health.

During that same stretch, the positive infection rate has risen from 4.62 percent on Nov. 27 to 4.95 percent, as the number of new cases spikes.

Statewide, the average seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate rose from 4.05 percent to 4.19 percent as New York, and the region, contend with new cases stemming from holiday gatherings.

In Suffolk, 567 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 255,453 since the pandemic began, while Nassau recorded 501 new cases, as the total rose to 225,135.

Forty-one new virus-related deaths were reported in New York in the latest update from the Department of Health including two in Nassau to bring the number of fatalities to 3,685 since the pandemic began, while the death doll increased by six in Suffolk, up to 3,335.

Average seven-day Infection rates in the state’s 10 regions according to the latest update from the Department of Health:

Western New York: 10.53 percent (66.04 seven-day average number of new cases per 100,000 population);

  • Finger Lakes: 9.87 percent (55.53);
  • Mohawk Valley: 9.76 percent (57.87);
  • North Country: 9.40 percent (55.48);
  • Capital Region: 7.85 percent (50.23);
  • Central New York: 7.17 percent (43.00);
  • Southern Tier: 6.28 percent (50.12);
  • Long Island: 4.95 percent (35.89);
  • Hudson Valley: 3.49 percent (25.56);
  • New York City: 1.87 percent (16.80).

The latest breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, according. to the Department of Health as of Wednesday, Dec. 1: 

  • Brookhaven: 77,086;
  • Islip: 60,949;
  • Babylon: 36,094;
  • Huntington: 28,968;
  • Smithtown: 19,233;
  • Southampton: 7,653;
  • Riverhead: 4,597;
  • East Hampton: 2,272;
  • Southold: 2,051;
  • Shelter Island: 96.

According to the latest data from the county Department of Health, the most cases in Nassau have been recorded in:

  • Levittown: 7,650;
  • Hempstead: 5,890;
  • Hicksville: 5,716;
  • Freeport: 5,329;
  • Valley Stream: 5,119;
  • East Meadow: 5,105;
  • Oceanside: 4,578;
  • Elmont: 4,374;
  • Long Beach: 4,297;
  • Franklin Square: 4,257;
  • Glen Cove: 3,775;
  • Uniondale: 3,419;
  • Massapequa: 3,368;
  • Woodmere: 3,198;
  • Rockville Centre: 3,222;
  • Baldwin: 3,084;
  • North Massapequa: 2,882;
  • Wantagh: 2,872;
  • North Bellmore: 2,740;
  • Plainview: 2,786;
  • West Hempstead: 2,727;
  • Merrick: 2,694;
  • East Massapequa: 2,669;
  • Garden City: 2,588;
  • Massapequa Park: 2,546;
  • Lynbrook: 2,504;
  • Mineola: 2,489;
  • Seaford: 2,474;
  • Bethpage: 2,356.

There were 130,366 new COVID-19 tests administered in New York according to the latest update from the Department of Health, resulting in 6,593 newly confirmed infections for a 5.06 percent positive daily infection rate, up from the previous day.

One hundred and sixty-three more COVID-19 patients were admitted into New York hospitals as the number being treated for the virus jumped to 2,992.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 90.8 percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 80.7 percent are fully vaccinated.

The CDC said that 78.1 percent of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose, with 68.4 percent completing the vaccination process.

As of Dec. 1, 2,011,237 (2,965 new) first doses have been administered to Long Island residents, while 1,781,773 (2,157 new) have completed the process, both among the highest rates in the state.

"While we're entering a vulnerable time this winter when the chance of spreading COVID-19 is higher, the good news is that we are not defenseless," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said. "Vaccinations are safe, free, and readily available for all New Yorkers. 

"If you plan to spend time with your family this holiday season, plan to get vaccinated, and get the booster shot if you're already vaccinated. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and protect yourself and your loved ones."

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