3 Long Beach elementary schools close for possible E. coli contamination

Kimberly Dole
June 24, 2019 - 6:22 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three elementary schools in Long Beach will close on Monday because of the "boil water" alert in affect since Friday for possible E.coli contamination.

The notice was posted on the school district's website Sunday night notifying parents that a student who lives within city limits has been diagnosed with a suspected E. coli infection this week.

"In an abundance of caution, we are going to close East, West, and Lindell schools tomorrow," the school district said in a statement posted to its web page and Facebook account. "Although we can provide adequate bottled water for students and staff to drink, we cannot guarantee proper hand-washing among students. Even though this is really precautionary, and we have been assured by the city that they hope that the alert will be lifted soon, we do not want to take any chances with the health and safety of our students and staff."

Lido, Pre-K, Long Beach Middle School, and Long Beach High School will open regularly since their water comes from a different source.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Office of Emergency Management to deliver an additional 85,000 bottles of water to the Long Beach community adding that a team from the state Department of Health would help investigate the source of E. coli contamination.

"We will provide clean drinking water to the people of Long Beach and continue working hand in glove with local leaders to provide whatever resources are needed until this situation is fully resolved," Cuomo said in a statement.

Residents are urged to boil tap water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing hands when preparing food and bathing infants.

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