Boil-water order lifted in Long Beach amid school closures due to suspected E. coli infection

LONG BEACH, NY — A boil-water order has been lifted in Long Beach after multiple area schools were closed Monday when a student was diagnosed with a suspected E. coli infection, officials say.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran tweeted Monday around 11 a.m. saying the Long Beach boil-water order had been lifted, "effective immediately."

The bacteria had been detected in city water Friday during routine testing, prompting three school closures.

"In an abundance of caution, we are going to close East, West, and Lindell schools tomorrow, Monday, June 24th," Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Gallagher wrote in a statement. "Although we can provide adequate bottled water for students and staff to drink, we cannot guarantee proper handwashing among students. Even though this is really precautionary, and we have been assured by the city that they hope that the alert will be lifted soon, we do not want to take any chances with the health and safety of our students and staff."

Lido, Pre-K, Long Beach Middle School, and Long Beach High School will remain open. Their water comes from a different source.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had directed the state Office of Emergency Management to deliver tens of thousands of bottle of water to Long Beach.

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