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E. Coli Outbreak Emergency in Long Beach

LongIsland.com

At a press conference this afternoon, local officials stressed that they are taking the detection of E. coli in Long Beach's water very seriously and are working to eliminate it as quickly as possible.

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At a press conference this afternoon, local officials stressed that they are taking the detection of E. coli in Long Beach's water very seriously and are working to eliminate it as quickly as possible.

To help residents, the county has set up a call center. Residents can call 516-227-9570 with any questions.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said that the state has provided 30,000 bottles of water, which are currently being sent to Long Beach. The county's Office of Emergency Management is also sending 21,000 bottles of water.

Bottled water will be distributed at East School, Kennedy Plaza and the Long Beach Catholic Regional School.

In response, officials said the City of Long Beach is increasing the chlorine in the water to kill the bacteria and are flushing out the system. The boil-water order will remain in effect until all water samples test negative for E. coli, but officials couldn't say when that would be.