Florida Department of Health in Lee County issues precautionary swim advisory

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The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) has issued a county wide precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches and swimming pools and advising the public not to enter the water due to the possible increase of waterborne illnesses. The water quality has been affected by Hurricane Ian and at this time, swimming is not recommended.

Swimming Pools

Residents and visitors should avoid swimming in any pool until it has been properly cleaned and is fully functional. A fully functional pool has:

• Been cleared of debris.

• Functioning recirculation and chemical treatment equipment.

• Life-saving equipment that is available and operational.

• Clear water.

• Properly balanced chemicals.

Additional information on public swimming pool water and safety can be found the Florida Department of Health’s swimming pool webpage.

Public Beaches

Residents are urged to avoid contact with floodwaters which come from an overflow of any waterbody from rivers, lakes, or oceans. Floodwater may contain fecal matter from sewage systems and septic tanks, in addition to agricultural and industrial waste. Entering the water may pose an increased risk of disease or illness, particularly for immunocompromised individuals. Floodwaters can also mask debris, downed power lines, and other hazards.

DOH recommends the following precautions after hurricanes:

• Follow basic hygiene. Always wash your hands with soap and clean water which has either been disinfected or boiled then cooled, or with commercially bottled water, before eating and after toilet use.

• Do not allow children to play in floodwater. They can be exposed to contaminated water that can cause illness.

• Do not allow children to play with toys that have been in floodwater until the toys have been properly disinfected. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water to disinfect toys and other items exposed to floodwaters.

• If you have open cuts or sores, stay out of floodwaters, or wear protective coverings. If open wounds have been exposed to floodwaters, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and clean water. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection. If a wound or sore develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek medical attention.

• After helping in cleanup activities and after handling items contaminated by floodwater or sewage, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

For the latest testing information on saltwater beaches visit the Florida Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches webpage.

For freshwater beaches in Lee County, contact Environmental Health at DOH-Lee at [email protected].

Disaster recovery information is available on the Florida Disaster or on Lee County’s Hurricane Ian Response and Recovery website.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit FloridaHealth.gov.



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