Polk Street Beach, the northern most part of Tybee Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, has been placed under advisory by the Chatham County Health Department. The advisory does not impact any other beaches on the island. The beach water advisory is due to a possible risk of illness associated with water contact. The advisory does not mean the beach is closed.
Samples from routine water quality tests taken at that location on Jan. 15 showed a high level of Enterococci bacteria, which increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers.
The Chatham County Health Department recommends that visitors do not swim or wade in the water in the area under advisory. Seafood caught in from the area should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating.
The area will be retested on Jan. 17. The advisory will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standards.