PRESS RELEASE - DOWNEY PARK AND ALL ACCESS TO SANTA ANA RIVER CLOSED DUE TO POSSIBLE BACTERIA
ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS: The Santa Ana River Trails & Recreation Areas and Downy Park are Closed until Further Notice on THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019
DOWNEY PARK AND ACCESS TRAILS AND ENTRANCES TO THE SANTA ANA RIVER ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF A BACTERIA OUTBREAK IN THE WATER.
Downey Park and all access point to the Santa Ana River are closed under the direction of the Riverside County Environmental Health and Disease Control Department due to a possible outbreak of the Shigella Bacteria in the riverbed. This bacteria has caused an estimated 600,000 deaths worldwide annually. This disease is more common in young children and complications from Shigella could include blood poisoning infections in the human body. The City's Park Rangers are now in the process of closing Downey Park and posting the necessary placards/signs that will notify the public of this condition. Riverside County staff will commence their testing of the Santa Ana River in order to confirm or not the existence of this bacteria. To date, six (6) patients have tested positive for this bacteria in our county. Downey Park will remain closed until further notice from Riverside County.
Click here to read the the City's official press release.
Note: Minor text corrections were made to the press release on the morning of 8/9/19
UPDATE: Joint Statement Released on 8/9/19