Bayou Segnette State Park to be coronavirus isolation area

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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana health officials are preparing for the possibility of many more Coronavirus patients.

Bayou Segnette State Park on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish will be used as an overflow isolation area for people with suspected cases of COVID-19.

“The governor had requested the use of the park as an overflow isolation area for people from nursing homes that they may bring in,” Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said.

Nungesser, whose office manages state parks said Saturday, cabins and campsites were evacuated and cleaned.

Westwego Mayor Joe People expressed concern about the coronavirus possibly spreading from Bayou Segnette and infecting residents in his community.

“We’re hoping that anything they do here stays right here where they’re at and doesn’t come into our city in any way,” People said. “I don’t see that happening.”

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