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More significant swimming safety concerns arise this summer

Higher Lake Michigan water levels and the closure of public pools due to the coronavirus have many local public safety officials concerned about a potential “perfect storm” with more people flooding the beaches to cool off and swim.  The Peninsula’s shoreline erosion has made for less beach area and more significant challenges for people to swim in the lakes or bays safely.  Door County Public Health’s Registered Sanitarian and Health Educator Chelsea Smies says beachgoers should take general beach safety measures and follow COVID-19 guidelines set down by the CDC this summer.  She advises people never to swim alone and to heed other precautions.



The National Weather Service issues a daily beach hazard map showing risks to swimmers.  This week is Great Lakes Beach Hazard & Water Safety Awareness Week.  You can find the safety tips below.  


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