UPDATE: Cove Road Beach advisory lifted

The Advisory for Cove Road Beach, located in Bivalve, has reportedly been lifted.

The Wicomico County Health Department says they sampled the beach on Monday, and results received on Tuesday indicated that the bacteria levels have gone down and are within the limits established by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Beachgoers are reminded by the health department to avoid swimming and other water contact activities after heavy rain events.

Exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites in contaminated water can reportedly cause symptoms and diseases ranging from ear, nose, and eye infections to diarrhea, vomiting, hepatitis, encephalitis, skin rashes, and respiratory illnesses.

Health officials say that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system are most likely to get sick from swimming in contaminated water. They are also apparently most likely to become seriously ill from exposure to waterborne illnesses.

You can reduce your risk of getting sick by following these tips:

  • Pay attention to contamination and advisory warnings and stay out of polluted water.
  • Avoid swimming at beaches after heavy rainfall.
  • Stay out of murky or foul-smelling water.
  • Avoid beach water if you have an open wound or infection.
  • Swim without putting your head under water.

For questions and additional information, residents may call the Department of Environmental Health at (410) 546-4446 or visit this website.

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