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In March, in compliance with Governor Reynold’s requirements, we closed our LINKS Day Habilitation Program in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Since then, Day Habilitation in Iowa has been reinstated in a modified delivery model specific to coronavirus best practices. Read below to learn more about how Crossroads is modifying our LINKS program.
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Dear Crossroads Community,
In light of the current COVID-19 situation and healthcare professionals’ recommended guidelines, Crossroads of Western Iowa will be closing our LINKS day program for four (4) weeks, beginning on March 18, 2020. After those four weeks, we will re-evaluate and determine if it is appropriate to begin services again. Earlier today, Governor Reynolds required all day programs close for at least two (2) weeks, but we will follow our anticipated four-week timeline to best protect our clients and staff.
Health experts and the CDC have recommended all people employ social distancing, wherein individuals maintain a six-foot radius around themselves when in public and limit social gatherings; groups larger than 10 people have been asked not to gather together.
LINKS has always been committed to integration and empowerment for clients, helping them reach personal goals and participate out in the community; while it is recommended that individuals self-isolate and do not visit high-traffic public areas, it would be difficult to strive towards integration and meet LINKS’ goals.
Temporarily closing LINKS programs is just one step of the emergency preparedness protocols we have been developing in response to COVID-19. Healthcare professionals are emphasizing the importance of slowing the spread of the virus so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system and note that many individuals could contract and spread the disease without developing symptoms. The health and safety of our communities, staff, and clients are our top priority; we are monitoring the developing situation closely to ensure we have the best plans in place.
Thank you for you for remaining calm and understanding during this time.
Brent Dillinger, CEO