to elevated Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria counts.
For public safety, testing of swimming waters is performed twice weekly. According to Erie County Department of Health protocol, if E. coli counts are between 235 and 999 per 100 milliliters of water, a Swimming Advisory is posted on that beach.
Re-testing has begun, and will be performed daily. A Swimming Advisory will remain until a bacteria count of 235 or less is obtained. Beach areas posted under a Swimming Advisory are still open to the public for swimming, sunbathing, and other recreational opportunities.
During a Swimming Advisory, to reduce the risk of illness, it is recommended that beach users take the following precautions:
•Avoid swallowing lake water; parents monitor your children
•Wash your hands before handling food.
•Avoid swimming if you have a compromised immune system, an open cut or wound, if you are pregnant, or if you are experiencing an illness.
•Minimize water contact if lake levels are high, heavy rains have just ended, or strong winds are blowing from the west.
Presque Isle has thirteen regulated swimming beaches. The remaining beaches are all open and are available for swimming from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm daily.
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