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Department of Health Closes Oakland, Conimicut Point Beaches

[CREDIT: Bethany Hasway] The sunset over Oakland Beach Jan. 5, 2016.
[CREDIT: Bethany Hasway] The sunset over Oakland Beach Jan. 5, 2016.
WARWICK, RI — The RI Department of Health has recommended closing Oakland and Conimicut Point Beaches due to high bacteria count.

The department also recommended closing Hazards Beach in Newport, Plum Beach in North Kingstown, and Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth after bacteria count testing.

According to the RI Department of Health website, beach closures are based on the concentration of Enterocci bacteria in beach water samples is measured in cfu/100ml (colony forming units per 100 milliliters). Beach closures are based on results of more than 60 cfu/100 ml in salt water and in fresh water.

When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory. The Department noted on its website that officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend reopening the beach when the water is again safe for swimming.  The status of a beach may change daily.

The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751) and online.



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