HARBOR ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – The state health department lifted a beach advisory Thursday for a portion of Harbor Island.
Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) advised beachgoers to stay out of the water at the public access point between lots 118 and 120 on North Harbor Drive.
Water testing had detected high levels of enterococci bacteria, which can increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness or skin infections in swimmers. Swallowing the water or entering the ocean with open wounds or a compromised immune system could put a swimmer at greater health risk, DHEC said.
Health officials say bacteria levels are back to normal. According to DHEC’s Beach Access Guide, there are no other advisories in place on Hunting Island.