E. coli. prompts health advisories in Shrewsbury

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ShrewsburySHREWSBURY – Reports of high levels of E. coli. bacteria prompted health advisories in Shrewsbury on Thursday, with health officials asking community members to avoid contact with water at the Oak Island Boat Ramp and Jordan Pond in town.

The advisories came jointly from the Worcester Division of Public Health and the Shrewsbury Board of Health based on lab test data.

The advisories will remain in effect until further notice, when further tests show E. Coli. levels dropping back to “acceptable and safe” levels.

The Oak Island Boat Ramp leads into Flint Pond off Route 20 in Shrewsbury’s Edgemere neighborhood.

Jordan Pond is located behind Shrewsbury’s Coolidge Elementary School.

High levels of E.Coli. have prompted advisories and closures at Shrewsbury bodies of water in the past.

Among those, Jordan Pond was the subject of at least one advisory last summer, lasting seven days between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19.

The Oak Island Boat Ramp was previously closed from July 12 through July 15 last year.

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