The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced on Wednesday that they have recommended the closure of Spouting Rock Beach in Newport; Easton’s Beach in Newport; and Mackeral Cove Beach in Jamestown for swimming because of high bacteria counts.

Easton’s Beach reopened for swimming on Thursday afternoon, while RIDOH will keep Spouting Rock Beach and Mackeral Cove Beach closed.

According to RIDOH, officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend reopening the beaches when the water is again safe for swimming. When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory.

The status of a beach may change daily. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751) and online here – http://www.health.ri.gov/beaches/.

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