2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily close due to high E. coli levels
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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