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Kent County YMCA Beach Closed to Swimming

[CREDIT: RIDOH] Kent County YMCA's beaches have been closed due to high bacteria counts.
[CREDIT: RIDOH] Kent County YMCA's beaches have been re-opened as of June 25, 2019 due to falling bacteria counts.
[CREDIT: RIDOH] Kent County YMCA’s beaches have been closed due to bacteria counts.

WARWICK, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) advises closing Kent County YMCA to swimming due to high bacteria levels.

Oakland Beach and Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick are re-opened for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels.

Conimicut Point Beach was closed earlier this week for the third time this summer. Oakland Beach had been closed since July 6, the third time for that beach and was re-opened Thursday.

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 https://health.ri.gov/data/beaches/

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.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality through Labor Day. 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 health.ri.gov.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

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 WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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