ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. — Above average levels of bacteria were found at the mouth of Rock Creek, in Rockaway Beach, Thursday Morning. In response, a Public Health Advisory was issued for all ocean waters at Rockaway Beach.
Residents and visitors should avoid direct contact with the ocean water until the advisory is lifted and avoid any discolored water in nearby creeks or areas of runoff into the ocean.
The waterborne bacteria found can result in skin rashes, gastroenteritis and other illnesses. Children and the elderly are most vulnerable, but all should refrain from contact with the ocean water.
Increased bacterial and pathogens levels are common following rainstorms, as storm runoff brings inland, animal waste into ocean waters. Officials recommend that people should avoid swimming in the ocean following any rainstorm, even if an advisory is not in effect.