MDH: 69 illnesses linked to swimming at Lake Nokomis; other Minneapolis beaches still closed

Updated: August 20, 2019 06:27 PM

The number of illnesses linked to swimming in Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis has increased.

In an update Tuesday, a Minnesota Department of Health spokesman said there are now 69 cases after a weekend influx.


On Friday, the MDH reported 49 illnesses associated with swimming in the lake. 

MDH: 49 illnesses reported in people who swam at Lake Nokomis, including three confirmed cases of E. coli

According to the MDH, people became ill after swimming at the lake between July 16 and Aug. 11. Officials said anyone experiencing symptoms of STEC infection—including diarrhea, stomach cramps or a low-grade fever—should see a physician.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced that Lake Nokomis beaches will remain closed for the rest of the swimming season.

In addition to Nokomis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation also said Wirth Beach exceeded the 30-day standard and has to close. It's the fourth time in the last seven years the beach has had a late-season closure. Minneapolis Parks said the cause is believed to be goose and waterfowl related.

Bde Maka Ska Thomas, Bde Maka Ska 32nd and Lake Hiawatha beaches will also remain closed, according to the board.

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