LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local advocacy group is raising alarm about a possible Covid-19 exposure at the beach as we head into the warm weather season.
According to Robert Tucker, President of the non-profit Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach, King's Beach in Lynn and Swampscott may be the site of sewage that has been infected with the virus.
The state does regular tests of the Covid levels in raw sewage from the waters and those levels are reportedly on the rise. Tucker said it's particularly concerning because King's is the only free public beach in the city.
"People go to the beach here in the summertime -- I mean they can't afford to go up to Maine or go down to the Cape or anywhere like that -- they come down here," he said.
He added that the beach is already consistently rated as one of the most polluted beaches in the state, as storm water pipes empty onto the beach from both of it's neighboring communities.
Amid those concerns, Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach have written a letter calling on the state to put up signage warning the public of the potential exposure.
So far there hasn’t been any proof of Covid in sewage at the beach itself, and city officials in Lynn say sewage in the storm drains is rare.
WBZ's Madison Rogers (@madisonwbz) reports.