PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Several more Rhode Island beaches have been recommended closed to swimming by public health officials due to high bacteria counts.

The Department of Health on Wednesday recommended closing Hazards Beach in Newport, Plum Beach in North Kingstown and Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth.

More than half a dozen beaches statewide are currently closed because of poor water quality. Those include Oakland and Conimicut Point Beaches in Warwick; Third Beach and Peabody’s Beach in Middletown; and Warren town beach. The department says it’s recommending reopening Barrington town beach.

The health department says the status of a beach may change daily.

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