Swimming advisories lifted for two Peninsula beaches

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Peninsula Health District issued swimming advisories for two beaches on the Peninsula Wednesday.

Thursday those advisories were lifted for Hilton Beach in Newport News and Yorktown Beach in York County.

Recreational waters are checked during the summer months for high levels of bacteria.

Indicator organisms like enterococci are monitored and when they are too high, a sign is posted at the beach.

Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the amount of fecal contamination of recreation water. They do not cause illness but research shows when enterococci are present, other disease-causing organisms may be as well.

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