Beach reopened to swimmers

The Northwestern Health Unit announced Friday afternoon that the beach at Pither’s Point once again was declared safe for swimming after being closed since Aug. 29.
The health unit had to wait for two-consecutive samples indicating the water had safe levels of E. coli before opening it again.
This was the second time this summer the beach had to be closed due to high E. coli levels—the first time being in early August.
 E. coli—the strain of bacterium public health inspectors test for here—can cause skin infections, and ear, nose, and mouth infections.
If ingested, it can cause severe ’flu-like symptoms.
No other beaches in the district currently are closed due to high concentrations of E. coli bacteria.