Health officials have issued a swim advisory for Hilton Beach in Newport News after water bacteria levels exceeded state standards, a news release from the Peninsula Health District stated.
Samples were taken Tuesday, and anyone going to Hilton Beach is advised to stay out of the water until further notice, the release stated.
More samples are being collected Wednesday, and updated levels will be available Thursday.
Bacteria levels in the water are tested throughout the summer swimming season, and the water at the Newport News beaches will be tested again Wednesday. Results should be available Thursday.
If bacteria levels decrease and meet State Water Quality standards, a sign warning swimmers to stay out of the water will be taken down, the release stated.
“We encourage the public to protect their health by complying with this advisory,” S. William Berg, director of the Peninsula Health District, said in a news release. He noted the advisory is temporary and “will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to a safe level.”
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