Jun 24, 2021 - News
2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily close due to high E. coli levels
Sand and water at a beach in the Twin Cities metro.
Health officials are monitoring bacteria levels at metro beaches. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

With the Twin Cities' recent heat wave, people have been flocking to the beaches, but health officials are warning people to take precautions.

Driving the news: Two Minneapolis beaches — Bde Maka Ska Thomas and Lake Hiawatha — are closed temporarily due elevated levels of E. coli, according to the city's Park and Recreation Board.

What they're saying: Hennepin County is reminding people with a diarrheal illness to avoid swimming in public pools or lakes, sharing baths with others, and preparing foods for others.

  • Other factors that can cause a rise in E. coli include leaky diapers, stormwater runoff and natural and domestic animal waste.

Be smart: Hennepin County reports on beach water quality here, and Ramsey County does here. The Minneapolis Park Board updates closings here.

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