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Thu Mar 19, 2020, 07:26 AM

Three state parks will host coronavirus patients who don't have a home, or who cannot go home

Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego has been evacuated and is hosting 10 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and who are homeless or housing-vulnerable, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

"These are coronavirus positive individuals who could not go home, either because they have no home to go to or because they have high-risk individuals, elderly or people with underlying conditions at their home," he said.

A 20-minute drive from New Orleans, the park has 15 cabins surrounded by swamp and marshland. More homeless or housing-vulnerable people are expected to be placed at the park as they await test results for the novel coronavirus.

Those who test negative will be released, while those who are positive will remain on site until a medical determination has been made, said Catherine Soileau Heitman, communications director for the state Department of Children and Family Services, which is administering the site.

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_63ce126a-691a-11ea-a25a-e7d79630b6f3.html

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Thu Mar 19, 2020, 08:13 AM

1. A positive step. I am terrified to think what is going on in Louisian's prisons though...

Not that others, nationwide aren't likewise a fulminating atrocity, but LA has never particularly worried about their prison population. And those whose kneejerk thought is, "yeah, but our priority needs to be elsewhere" well first, it will pose a constant infectious seed to the communities and remember not all those incarcerated have even been more than charged.

NYC knows they have a simmering catastrophe at Riker's Island, too.

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