September 2021 Newsletter: Director’s Corner
September 3, 2021
On July 6, 2021, LIFTT was re-opened to the public. We were happy, hopeful, and optimistic that the pandemic would recede and did not want to believe that mutations of the Coronavirus would bring it back. Unfortunately, that’s what happened.
A highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain called Delta variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly through the United States and became a threat. According to the CDC, the Delta COVID-19 is much more transmissible than the common cold, influenza, smallpox, MERS, SARS, and Ebola and is as contagious as chickenpox.
On August 1, 2021, we were alarmed because the Delta COVID-19 was quickly spreading in places with low vaccination rates like Montana. On August 16, 2021, authorities confirmed that the Delta variant of COVID-19 affected even vaccinated citizens whose immune systems are compromised. Yellowstone County reported 703 new cases compared to the 451 new cases reported during July.
Given the seriousness of the situation, to protect consumers, team members, and our community, once again, until further notice, LIFTT decided to close its doors to the public. However, LIFTT will continue to provide services to everyone via telephone and the internet. In special situations, LIFTT team members even agree to meet consumers in person, by appointment only, provided they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, flu and have not been in contact with anyone sick with COVID-19.
LIFTT is always open and available to provide consumers with services even though its doors are closed. We encourage you to give us a phone call, send us an email, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Clicking with one of our Independent Living Specialists will most certainly open up a world of possibilities and opportunities for you.
We are always available to meet you online via Skype or Zoom. Please do not let the Delta variant of COVID-19 stop you.
Let LIFTT work with you to remove any barriers that might be preventing you from living independently. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Carlos Ramalho, Executive Director