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The purpose of the Community Member Health Assessment Survey is to get
your opinion about health issues that are important in your community.
Together, the County Departments of Health and hospitals throughout Long Island will use the results of this
survey and other information to help target health programs in your community.
The survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Polish and in large print.
Please complete only ONE survey per adult (18 years and over). Your responses are anonymous. Thank you for your participation!
According to Commissioner of Health James Tomarken, MD, MPH, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Maratooka in Mattituck, Lake Agawam in Southampton and Big Reed Pond in Montauk. Due to the finding of high levels of toxic cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue–green algae, health officials ask residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area.
Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, has issued an advisory against bathing at 49 beaches. (See list below.) The advisory is based on the potential that the presence of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards will impact these areas.