Swimming advisories lifted in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two swimming advisories issued Wednesday in Virginia Beach are now removed.

New water tests show bacteria numbers have lowered and reached safe levels in the Chesapeake Bay from Oceanview Avenue to Fort Story as well as the Atlantic Ocean from 8th Street to the Dam Neck Annex.

The city’s department of public health said Wednesday the amount of Enterococci, which are used to determine fecal contamination in recreational waters, in those areas exceeded State Water Quality Standards. People who chose to swim anyway put themselves at a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal illnesses.

The test results for Thursday are now available. Environmental health officials sample beach water on a weekly basis from May to September.

Sampling outcomes are on the Virginia Department of Health’s site at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/DEE/BeachMonitoring.

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