Louisiana reopening cabins used for coronavirus isolation

Lake Bistineau State Park overnight facilities still closed

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is reopening cabins and camps at a New Orleans-area state park that was used to isolate people who didn’t need hospitalization but either were homeless or needed to protect others in their households home while waiting for COVID-19 test results or after testing positive.

Bayou Segnette State Park’s overnight facilities have been fully sanitized and will reopen Friday, Office of State Parks spokeswoman Rebecca Rundell said Monday. The state is taking reservations, and the promotion code “welcomeback” will get four nights for the price of three through Sept. 7, a news release said.

Bayou Segnett was one of three parks used for pandemic “isolation overflow” of people who didn’t need hospital care but either were homeless or couldn’t return home, such as those living with infants or people with compromised immune systems.

Chicot State Park, in Cajun country near Ville Platte, fully reopened June 26.

Lake Bistineau State Park’s trails and disc golf field are open for daytime use. Rundell said there’s no date set for reopening overnight facilities at that park, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east-southeast of Shreveport in north Louisiana.

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