Friday, June 14, 2024

You might want to check these swimming advisories before heading out to these areas

Peninsula Health District officials issued swimming advisories Wednesday for Hilton Beach in Newport News and Yorktown Beach in York County after water tests showed elevated bacteria levels in the water.

Bacteria levels at both beaches exceed the state water quality standards.

Signs have been posted at the beaches alerting the public of the advisory, the department said.

Throughout the summer season, the health department monitors recreational waters for various “indicator organisms,” including enterococci, a group of organisms that determine the amount of fecal contamination in the water.

Enterococci do not cause illness, but scientific studies suggest their presence in water is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms.

Those who swim in contaminated was may be at risk of gastrointestinal illness, the health department said.

“We encourage the public to protect their health by complying with this advisory,” said Dr. S. William Berg, the director for the Peninsula Health District. “Typically, an advisory of this nature is temporary and will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to a safe level.”

More samples were collected by health officials Wednesday. Results should be available Thursday.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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