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Posted on: June 26, 2018
[ARCHIVED] Swimming Advisories issued for Two Ocean View Beaches
The Norfolk Department of Public Health has issued Swimming Advisories for North Community Beach, located at 700 East Ocean View Ave, and the beach at 10th View in Ocean View.
NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Department of Public Health has issued Swimming Advisories for North Community Beach, located at 700 East Ocean View Ave, and the beach at 10th View in Ocean View. Water testing conducted today revealed enterococci bacteria levels at this site exceeding State Water Quality Standards. Signs have been posted to alert the public of these advisories. Health officials will continue testing the beach waters and will remove posted signs and notify the public when the bacteria levels decrease to meet state standards.
The Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health samples Ocean View beach water on a weekly basis, during the swimming season, from mid-May through the end of September. Enterococci bacteria are a group of indicator organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination in recreational waters.
While enterococci bacteria do not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the state standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness.
For additional information on these Swimming Advisories, contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division at 757-683-2712.