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The safety of our AmeriCorps members, staff, project partners, and communities is our utmost priority. MCC’s leadership is dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our organization and to ensuring safe opportunities for young people to serve and grow. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the MCC COVID-19 Response Team at mcc@mtcorps.org.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to the following websites:

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

US State Department Travel Advisories


OUR MOST RECENT UPDATE November 16, 2021

As MCC moves into its third season managing our programs during a pandemic, it is important to articulate the norms that we expect our staff and AmeriCorps members to operate within as we, in good faith, attempt to keep our organization healthy and resilient. MCC takes the threat of COVID-19 seriously and we are committed to mitigating the risks that could lead to exposure or transmission of the virus within our staff, on our crews, and in the communities we serve. To this end, we have developed COVID- 19 field operations protocols to inform, guide, and manage our programs while at work with MCC.

The best way for MCC staff and participants to ensure a safe working environment is to obtain a Covid-19 vaccination.  At this point as conflicting state and federal policies are being litigated, we strongly recommend that you come to MCC fully vaccinated at the start of your MCC term of service. It is important to note that to be able to serve with MCC, you may need to comply with federal guidelines regarding COVID vaccinations, verification, and testing. We anticipate that all MCC staff and participants will be required to demonstrate vaccination in order to serve on federal public lands where a majority of MCC projects and host sites are located. These lands include national parks, national forests, BLM sites, wildlife refuges, and more. We want you to be aware that verifying your COVID vaccination status may be a requirement for service with our federal partners, and could be a requirement for enrollment as an AmeriCorps member.


OUR UPDATE August 10, 2021

MCC Updated Covid-19 Protocols for Participants and Staff

Based on the most recent guidance from the CDC, found here, MCC has issued this guidance:

- To improve protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, we recommend wearing a mask when indoors in public. This is a CDC recommendation for vaccinated people.

- All staff and members should wear a mask in vehicles when traveling with others. For crews spending more than 7 days together in remote settings without the potential for transmission from others, the crew does not have to mask up after the 7th day on hitch - assuming no members have exhibited COVID symptoms.

- Meet outdoors whenever possible, and if you must meet indoors, ensure effective ventilation (and masking).

- Minimize your exposure in crowded places or during community events and wear a mask to reduce risks of transmission.

- If you aren't already, get vaccinated. The vaccine is free, safe, and highly effective at preventing COVID illness or mitigating the severity of symptoms. This  includes the newer and more transmissible Delta variant.

- MCC Offices: All staff and members should wear masks in common or shared spaces within MCC offices, but it is not required in personal workspaces. We encourage taking meetings outside or having them virtually.

- All visitors should be asked to wear a mask. Signs will be posted at entrances and surgical masks provided.

- MCC Gatherings: As much as possible, we will hold events outdoors. But as some activities may need to take place indoors, they will be run with masks on when in group settings. For members who are rooming together, we encourage masking as much as possible but we won't require it in rooms.

- Continue to wash hands, distance when possible, keep work surfaces clean, and work from home if exhibiting any COVID symptoms.

The above guidance may change if case counts per 100,000 begin to rise dramatically in the communities that our participants live and work in.  COVID-19 data for Montana can be found here.  More detailed county specific information can be found by researching county health department websites:

●     Missoula County

●     Flathead County

●     Gallatin County

●     Lewis and Clark County

  


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