COVID-19 information for MHC

Update: May 4, 2021

Effective May 5, 2021

The provincial government announced new restrictions for all post-secondary institutions this evening which impact scheduled face-to-face classes. Effective Wednesday, May 5, Medicine Hat College will transition all in-person spring semester classes online. Please watch for more information from your instructor.

Classes already delivered online will continue as scheduled, as will practicum, clinical and work terms unless otherwise advised by the worksite. We expect these restrictions to be in effect for at least three weeks.

Alberta is currently in Step 1 of the government's 'A Path Forward' plan, but additional restrictions may be in effect in high case regions. Visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 for the most recent information.


Other MHC Updates

Access

Do not come on campus if you are feeling unwell. If you aren't sure what steps to take, please review MHC's decision trees to help guide your actions.

  • Campus access is limited to currents students, employees, contractors, and guests with a specific purpose.Work from home is mandatory for employees if possible.
  • To help identify individuals who do not have approved college ID, an Access Pass will be provided for those entering the main building of the Medicine Hat campus. The Access Pass does not apply to other buildings at the Medicine Hat campus (e.g. Cultural Centre) or to the Brooks Campus.
  • Medicine Hat campus hours are 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Brooks campus hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. The campus is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Masks are required at all times in common areas and classrooms.

Learning & Working

  • All spring semester classes will be online, effective May 5.
  • Classes already delivered online will continue as scheduled, as will practicum, clinical and work terms unless otherwise advised by the worksite.
  • Group study is not permitted.
  • Remote work is mandatory when possible.

Campus Services

  • For students that require access to a computer, Room B244 is open for drop-in computer use. Students are responsible for cleaning their station before and after each use using the products provided by MHC, and can access support from the help desk or library online.
  • Study spaces remain open to solo study only.
  • The Bookstore is open with a reduced customer capacity limit.
  • Common Grounds is open for limited food and beverage service. Crave, the cafeteria, and PD's Restaurant are closed.

Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention - both on and off campus - is important. Please take time to review information about college protocols and resources on this page and check back often as information is subject to change without notice.


Make safe decisions

Decision trees have been developed for employees, supervisors, instructors and students at MHC. Have questions about how to proceed when experiencing COVID-related symptoms, or how to respond when notified by someone who is feeling ill? Check out the resources below for more information.


Bring ID / sign in to access campus

Medicine Hat
  • Students are asked to enter through the main doors.
  • Employees who have a swipe card (proxy card/fob) may enter/exit though any electronic access door, there is no requirement to scan in/out at security. All other employees must scan in at the main entrance, but can leave from any exit.Reminder! Working from home is now mandatory. This applies to all individuals unless they are required on campus for operational needs only. Please talk to your supervisor to confirm the need to be on campus.
  • Those who do not have a college ID will be asked to leave their name and office number with security personnel and will be required to wear an access pass while on campus. 
Brooks
  • Employees and students can enter through the main doors. Guests of PD's can access the restaurant through the northeast door by the tennis courts.

Practice good hygiene

  • Stay home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • Washing your hands
  • Avoid contact with your face
  • Cough into your elbow or shoulder
  • Sanitize high touch areas of your workspace, vehicle and home
  • Contact your primary health provider or 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health

What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19?

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811. If you are not seriously ill, do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19.


How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched.


What is the risk?

The risk of exposure in Alberta is still assessed as low at this time, however we anticipate this risk may increase in the coming weeks.

A higher risk does currently apply to people who develop a fever and/or cough or shortness of breath AND meet certain criteria.

Please visit Alberta Health Services for more information.


How to prepare?

For Albertans looking to prepare for COVID-19, Alberta public health officials are recommending the following:

  • Create of a household plan of action
  • Practice of good personal health habits
  • Be prepared for changes to a child’s school or care facility closure
  • Plan for potential changes at work or school

Please visit Alberta Health Services for more information.


What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

If I cannot finish High School/Post-Secondary or my High School/Post-Secondary results are delayed, will my admissions be affected?
Absolutely not! We will find ways for your pathway to continue and for you to access your education at Medicine Hat College. Both us, and your school are likely already working together to help you out if this should occur.


Postal services are down or limited in my area/country and I need to send you official transcripts. What are my options?
Unofficial transcripts can be sent to admissions@mhc.ab.ca.


I need to present English Language Proficiency but all the testing centres are currently closed in my country. What should I do?
Please email admissions@mhc.ab.ca for direction.


Who should I contact? I have questions about:


If I cannot attend Medicine Hat College due to travel or other restrictions, will I lose my deposit?
As the situation evolves, different information and differing situations will need to be considered. Students for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 should continue to check their email as this is the way we will be delivering information relevant to your specific situation.

Please visit Source for employee updates and resources related to the COVID-19 situation.

Coming on campus?

Please complete our COVID-19 orientation for information regarding safety and prevention measures. Please click the button below to begin the orientation.

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