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Celeste Houmard and Laura Morrison

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Several beaches on Lake Erie in northeast Ohio are under a bacterial contamination warning.

High levels of bacteria are being reported at several Lake Erie beaches. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the warning is issued “when levels of harmful bacteria in the water have reached dangerous levels and could make you sick. Children, the elderly, and those with medical conditions or weakened immune systems are advised not to swim.”

A bacterial contamination warning applies to the following beaches on Lake Erie:

  • Cuyahoga County: Bay Park Beach, Clifton Beach, Columbia Park Beach
  • Erie County: Darby Creek, Cranberry Creek, Picjerel Creek, Bay View West
  • Ottawa County: Kelley’s Island State Park
  • Ashtabula County: Geneva State Park, Lakeshore Park

According to the results of the state samples, the bacteria found in the water were E. coli.

Check out the interactive map of beach water quality and health department warnings here. This is a feature you should always check before swimming in any Ohio body of water.