With temperatures soaring into the 90s, health concerns prompted Broome County officials to order the closing of a beach to swimmers.

According to the county Parks Department, the bathing beach at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point will be off-limits until further notice because of a blue-green algae bloom.

County officials said the decision was made Sunday morning as a protective measure.

A water sample is to be taken by the Broome County Health Department on Monday. It's not known when test results will be available.

According to the park website, the white sand beach normally is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The New York State Health Department advises beach operators that some blue-green algae can produce toxins. The department notes any blue-green algae can cause health effects in people and animals.

The beaches remain open at Greenwood Park and Cole Park. Those parks also are operated by Broome County.

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