Update (Friday, June 8): Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore, which closed to bathing on Wednesday, June 6, has reopened to swimming in time for the weekend, according to a county health department advisory. Original post appears below.

Original post (Wednesday, June 6): After a rainy start to June, unacceptable bacteria levels have forced the closure of Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore to bathing until further notice.

“The beach will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels,” reads an announcement from the county health department.

According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822 or contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760 during normal business hours.