Pither’s Point closed to swimmers

The Northwestern Health Unit has posted Pither’s Point as “unsafe for swimming” due to high bacterial counts found during routine sampling of Sand Bay.
Public health inspector Brian Norris said due to the wait in processing samples at a lab in Thunder Bay, the earliest the beach could be re-opened is mid- to late next week.
The beach will remain closed until satisfactory results are obtained, the health unit said. A beach usually is re-opened after two consecutive tests come back “clean.”
Pither’s Point was closed twice last August due to high levels of bacteria.
E. coli, the culprit behind previous beach closures here, can cause skin infections and ear, nose, and mouth infections. If ingested, it can cause severe ’flu-like symptoms.