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Kent County YMCA Beach Among Three Closed


[CREDIT: RIDOH] The RI Department of Health has closed four beaches, including Kent County YMCA Beach, in Warwick, due to high bacteria levels.
UPDATE AUG. 11, 4:32 P.M. : (RIDOH) recommends reopening Kent County YMCA Beach in Warwick and Camp Hoffman Beach in Kingston because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels.

WARWICK, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing four beaches, including Kent County YMCA Beach, in Warwick, due to high bacteria levels.

The other three beaches RIDOH advises closing are:

  • Kingston’s Camp Beach, in Kingston
  • Camp Watchaug Beach, in Charlestown
  • Camp Canonicus Beach, in Exeter

The health department routinely checks city and state beaches for high levels of bacteria in the water. Beach closures are announced with bacteria levels exceed more than 60 cfu/100 ml ((colony forming units per 100 milliliters) of Enterocci bacteria in saltwater and in freshwater. The beach’s status can be monitored at the DOH website.

Such beach closure announcements have become routine during summer months throughout the state.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality through the summer. The status of a beach may change as new data become available.  The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751). A list of closed beaches can also be accessed at

Rob Borkowski
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Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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