FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             

 CONTACT: Jennifer Johnson
 (410) 219-3947 (Office) (410) 251-5379 (Cell) 


(August 16, 2023, Salisbury, MD) Cove Beach, located in Bivalve, MD, is under an advisory due to elevated bacteria levels.  The beach will be retested tomorrow with results expected back by Friday.  We will inform the public when the levels are back to normal.

Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system are most likely to get sick from swimming in contaminated water. They are also most likely to become seriously ill from exposure to waterborne illnesses. 

Exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites in contaminated water can cause symptoms and diseases ranging from ear, nose, and eye infections to diarrhea, vomiting, hepatitis, encephalitis, skin rashes, and respiratory illnesses.

  • You can reduce your risk of getting sick by following these tips: 
  • Pay attention to contamination and advisory warnings and stay out of polluted water. 
  • Avoid swimming at beaches after heavy rainfall. 
  • Stay out of murky or foul-smelling water. 
  • Avoid beach water if you have an open wound or infection. 
  • Swim without putting your head under water.  

For questions, residents may call the Department of Environmental Health at (410) 546- 4446 or visit



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