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RIDOH Closes Oakland Beach, Conimicut Beach

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Conimicut Point at sunset, Aug. 9.

UPDATE – JUNE 30, 2022: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening Oakland and Conimicut Beaches in Warwick, Barrington Town Beach, and Larkin Pond Association Beach in Kingston for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels.

UPDATE: RIDOH has added  Ginny B’s Campground in Foster and Briar Point Beach in Coventry to beaches closed to swimming because of high bacteria levels.

WARWICK, RI — The RIDOH has closed Oakland Beach and Conimicut Beach for swimming due to high bacteria levels.

The department has also closed Barrington Town Beach.

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).

To check the status of beaches, use the Beach Viewer map. This map also reflects the most up-to-date information on water quality status at licensed beaches in Rhode Island.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season. 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

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