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Some beaches declared unsafe others declared safe

Wednesday, August 20, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ALGOMA PUBLIC HEALTH

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Algoma Public Health has issued swimming advisories for the following beaches:

• Mark’s Bay Beach North Entrance, located on the east side of Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie.
• Mark’s Bay Beach South Entrance, located on the east side of Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie, and
• Spruce Beach, located in Elliot Lake.

The test results of water samples taken the week of August 18, 2014 exceeded the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care bacteriological guidelines for safe swimming. 

The Medical Officer of Health advises that this beach may have been unsafe for swimming at the time the sample was collected.

Algoma Public Health has lifted the swimming advisories for the follow beaches:

• Harmony Beach, located on Harmony Beach Road, and
• Beech Beach, located in Jocelyn Township, St. Joseph Island.

Test results of water samples collected during the week of August 18th, 2014 met the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care guidelines for safe swimming.

Before swimming, take into consideration the past day’s weather and the current conditions of the beach.
 
The public is encouraged to visit the beach warnings section on Algoma Public Health’s website to view an interactive map of the beaches sampled and any current warnings or postings.

Swimming advisories do not close the beach or stop people from swimming.
 
They let swimmers know about the water conditions the day the sample was taken.
 
Swimming in water with high levels of E. coli can cause skin, eye, nose and throat infections, as well as stomach illness.

To reduce your risk:

• avoid swallowing beach water
• towel off after a swim
• shower once at home

Learn more about recreational water. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.
 
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