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3 Long Beach Elementary Schools Closed Monday Due to E.coli Risk

Three elementary schools in Long Beach will be closed Monday due to a risk of E. coli contamination in the water, officials said. 

East, West and Lindell schools would be closed on Monday after a student who lives in the city was diagnosed with a suspected E. coli infection, Superintendent Jennifer Gallagher said. 

She said that schools could provide bottled water, but they can't ensure proper hand washing. 

"We do not want to take any chances with the health and safety of our students and staff," Gallagher said

Long Beach city officials said the boil-water advisory was issued after routine water testing Friday indicated that E. coli was present in some areas. The advisory has been extended through Monday. 

Long Beach residents are being told to boil tap water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing hands when preparing food and bathing infants.

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