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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 MAY 25, 2021

MCC Updated Covid-19 Protocols for Participants and Staff

Based on the most recent guidance from the CDC, found here, MCC is revising its protocols for fully vaccinated people. 

  • Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask while traveling in an MCC vehicles.
  • MCC youth crew participants, leaders and staff will wear masks while travelling in an MCC vehicle, unless all of the vehicle occupants are vaccinated.  Masks can be cloth, surgical, or KN95.  
  • Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask in MCC offices.
  • Fully vaccinated people may continue masking if they choose to do so.

The CDC guidance for people that are not vaccinated can be found here.  Based on this guidance, MCC is strongly recommending that people without vaccinations adhere to the following:

  • Non vaccinated people should continue to wear masks while traveling in an MCC vehicle, unless ALL other people in the vehicle are vaccinated. Masks can be cloth, surgical, or KN95.
  • Non vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask inside MCC regional offices.   Masks can be cloth, surgical, or KN95.

The completion of the participant health questionnaire is NO LONGER required before the start of each hitch.  Crews should continue to monitor the health of their participants on a daily basis.  People demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms should be tested immediately.  Crews are required to travel with masks at all times in the event they encounter projects, enter businesses, or engage in situations where masks are required.  Masks can be cloth, surgical, or KN95.

In the youth program, a participant health questionnaire will be completed before the start of each expedition which will include taking temperatures and answering screening questions.  Crews should continue to monitor the health of their participants on a daily basis.  People demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms should be tested immediately.  

MCC will not ask members or staff to see proof of vaccinations.  Based on our interpretation of the State of Montana’s Executive Order 7-2021, found here, an employer asking to see proof of vaccination may be in violation of EO-7-2021. 

MCC feels that the risks of COVID-19 on fully vaccinated people, in accordance with the CDC’s position, is extremely low.  We are strongly encouraging non-vaccinated participants and staff to protect themselves by obtaining a vaccination and/or continuing to follow CDC guidelines to protect themselves from the risks associated with contracting COVID-19. 

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:


MAY 11, 2021 UPDATE

Greetings!

MCC is posting this update as our newest group of corps members joins our programs over the coming weeks. We are encouraged by the progress made in Montana and across the nation in mitigating the spread of the COVID virus through vaccination efforts and continued use of safety measures. We want to share with you some thoughts about MCC’s position on COVID-19 vaccinations.  MCC works hard to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants at all times.  Early in the pandemic we implemented protocols to mitigate the risks COVID-19 posed to our corps members, staff, and partners, and we’ve seen that these practices work. We remain just as vigilant going into our 2021 season.

At this point in time in the U.S., vaccines are available to all adults that choose to get vaccinated. Starting on May 11, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the CDC for youth 12 and older. MCC is not requiring our AmeriCorps or youth participants, nor our staff, to obtain a vaccination. However, we are strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated if possible in the interest of your fellow corps members and our staff and partners. Though our programs have the benefit of being largely conducted outdoors where the risk of virus transmission is low, our work and travel may still bring us into close quarters for extended periods. Thus, vaccination paired with adherence to CDC guidance for COVID mitigation provides the safest service environment. Also, the nature of your service has you coming in and out of multiple communities. With the majority of our participants vaccinated, MCC will be able to operate our programs more effectively, efficiently, and at the highest safety level possible. With diligence, we can help you engage every day with your fellow members or host site partners.

For corps members needing assistance with obtaining a COVID vaccine after joining our programs, please contact your local program supervisor to discuss how MCC may support you.  If and when you are vaccinated, please have your vaccination card with you.  Thank-you!

We look forward to engaging you in MCC programs this summer, and I promise you an excellent adventure with purpose.

Jono McKinney | President and CEO | Montana Conservation Corps

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