COVID-19 information for MHC

Medicine Hat College remains focused on delivering quality educational experiences to students while protecting the health and wellness of our campus communities.

In response to provincial public health orders for post-secondary institutions, MHC will require individuals on campuses in Medicine Hat and Brooks to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, 2021, OR be able to demonstrate proof of a negative rapid test completed within 72 hours prior to being on campus or an approved medical exemption


UPDATE: OCT. 28, 2021

Medicine Hat College has extended its rapid testing program for students and employees until December 31, 2021.

Please note:

  • Testing takes place off campus at partner pharmacies (Greg's Remedy in Medicine Hat, Pharmasave in Brooks). MHC will cover the cost of rapid testing at these locations only. Please click here for more information. 

Starting January 1, 2022, rapid testing will continue to be accepted in lieu of vaccination at MHC as directed by provincial public health orders, but all expenses associated with rapid testing will be at an individual’s cost.


UPDATE: OCT. 1, 2021

Information for MHC students/employees

Medicine Hat College is pleased to launch its COVID-19 policy verification process to validate proof of vaccination, or negative rapid test, or approved medical exemption for students and employees learning and working on campus.

This online process will ask you to sign in using your MHC email account and:

  • select the type of proof being submitted,
  • indicate the number of doses received, date of test, or confirmation of exemption, and
  • upload supporting documentation.

Click the button below to start the process and watch for confirmation of validation. High volumes of submissions may delay validation, so please ensure you have proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, or medical exemption available when on campus until you receive confirmation of approval. We thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 POLICY VERIFICATION

If you need support using the system, please contact covid@mhc.ab.ca.


Information for Visitors (ages 12+)

  • Medicine Hat Campus: Please visit the security desk at the main entrance and be prepared to present your proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, or approved medical exemption.
  • Brooks Campus: Please visit the information desk in the main foyer and be prepared to present your proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, or approved medical exemption.

UPDATE: SEPT. 24, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we work to define process to support the restriction exemption in place for provincial post-secondary institutions. Please note rapid testing and exemption processes are available:


 

Decision Trees

Decision trees are available to 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.


Fall 2021: Reported Cases / Message Archives

When a positive case of COVID-19 is reported to Medicine Hat College, information will be shared below. Please be advised confirmed cases are still legally required to isolate at this time. For more information, please visit www.alberta.ca for current public health restrictions and protocols.

Case Reported Details
Nov. 19

An individual who spent time at the Brooks campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Nov. 15. Potential close contacts have been notified.

Sept. 28

An individual who spent time at the Brooks campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 23 - 25. No potential close contacts have been identified. 

Sept. 27

An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 21 - 24. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 24

An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 21 & 22. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 23

An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 20 & 21. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 20

An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 15 - 17. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 13

An individual who spent time at the Brooks campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 9 & 10. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 12

An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 7 – 9. Potential close contacts have been notified. 

Sept. 7 An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 1 & 2. Contact tracing is complete and possible close contacts have been identified.
Sept. 4 An individual who spent time at the Medicine Hat campus tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept. 1 & 2. Contact tracing is complete and no close contacts have been identified.

Enhanced cleaning is performed in all areas where individuals are known to have spent time.



 

Sept 28:  An individual who spent time at the Brooks campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Their infectious window on campus was Sept 23rd – 25th. No potential close contacts have been identified. 

 

UPDATE: SEPT. 20, 2021
There is now a sector-specific exemption program in place for post-secondary institutions in Alberta. The program supports MHC’s direction on requirement for proof of vaccination, regular testing, or a documented medical exemption. Please note the key revisions below:

Vaccination Update: Change to Waiting Period

  • Any individual who received their first dose on or before Sept. 20 is no longer required to wait two weeks before returning to campus. This means if a first dose was received Sept. 20 or earlier, you can enter college facilities starting today. Please ensure you have proof of vaccination available and can meet the criteria outlined in the attached declaration statement (updated Sept. 20).
  • If you will receive your first dose after Sept. 20, you must wait two weeks from the date of vaccination before returning to campus or provide proof of a negative PCR or rapid test within 72 of being on campus. Please contact your instructor/supervisor about alternate learning or working options that may be available to you.
  • Individuals will be required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, 2021.

Testing
We recognize there are many questions around testing and concerns about the lack of availability of tests in Medicine Hat and Brooks. MHC has tests on order* that will be available later this week. Employees and students will be updated on the testing process via email once the tests have arrived.

*Medicine Hat College will cover the cost of rapid testing for employees and students for a limited time. PCR tests must be covered at the individual’s expense.

Exemptions
Forms for submitting an exemption on medical or other protected grounds are available here.


UPDATE: SEPT. 19, 2021
We’re aware that an afternoon update to provincial guidelines created some uncertainty about restrictions on campus. MHC has since been advised by Advanced Education that public health orders will be modified allowing us to operate Monday morning following the plans that were defined and shared last week.

This includes proof of vaccination and testing programs that will permit us to provide face-to-face learning without physical distancing. The requirement for masking will remain in place. Please see below for more information.


UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 2021

The Province of Alberta declared a state of emergency on Sept. 15 to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, with additional health measures now in effect. MHC is working towards compliance of the government's Restriction Exemption Program.

Starting Monday, Sept. 20, all individuals coming accessing Medicine Hat College facilities in Medicine Hat or Brooks will be required to comply with the attached declaration statement. If you cannot comply with the statement by Monday, you cannot enter our facilities.

Indoor mandatory masking requirements will remain in place. Individuals on campus ages 12 and over may be asked to show one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination
    • single dose accepted between September 20 and October 25 if received two weeks before accessing college facilities in Medicine Hat and Brooks
    • double doses required after October 25
  • documentation of an existing medical exemption; or
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test. The test must be conducted within 72 hours prior to accessing college facilities. Tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are not allowed, as per government guidelines.

Face-to-Face Classes

  • In person classes and labs will resume on Monday, Sept. 20.

Distance Learning

  • All distance learning classes, including Sunrise and Coulee Collegiate, will resume as directed. If you are only learning online and do not need to be on campus, new vaccination requirements


UPDATE: SEPT. 15, 2021

At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the Province of Alberta declared a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated protocols for organizations and individuals were also provided, some of which come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday September 16, 2021.

Medicine Hat College is working through the protocols and seeking additional direction for post-secondary education. However, it is clear that we must increase efforts to provide a safe campus environment. We are therefore taking the following steps:

  • Classes (in person and online) are cancelled for Thursday, September 16, 2021 and Friday, September 17, 2021. This step will allow us to further evaluate the protocols as required by government.
  • The campuses in Brooks and Medicine Hat will be accessible for employees to meet operational needs. Employees must use masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • Students may visit the campuses but must use masks and maintain physical distancing.

Visit www.alberta.ca to learn more about new public health measures.

Masks
Non-medical masks or face coverings must be worn in all public indoor areas on campus in Medicine Hat and Brooks, this includes hallways and common spaces. Masks do not have to be worn when individuals are working outdoors AND there is a minimum of 2 metres between people.

  • If you do not have a mask, please visit the security desk at the front entrance and one will be provided.
  • Should you encounter a person who is choosing not to comply, we ask that you do your part and sustain 2 metres of distance. 
  • If you cannot wear a mask and require accommodation, please connect with your dean, or supervisor of the service area you are approaching, to discuss possible accommodations. Please remain respectful so we can work together to find a reasonable solution.


Hygiene & Physical Distancing

  • Stay home when ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly, avoid contact with your face, and cough into your elbow or shoulder.
  • Contact your primary health provider or 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health
  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres where possible, and follow any directional signage in place.

Campus Access & Hours

Access
Restricted access is now lifted and entrance into campus facilities can be gained through most points of entry during regular operating hours. 

Hours of Operation
MHC will not be reinstating 24 hour access at this time.

Medicine Hat Campus
Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Brooks Campus
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Campus Services

  • Common Grounds and the cafeteria are open at the Medicine Hat campus
  • PD's Restaurant is open at the Brooks campus.

Questions?

REVIEW RETURN TO CAMPUS GUIDELINE

EMAIL COVID@MHC.AB>CA


Provincial Quick Links

Community Support


Contact Us

For more information about safety and security on campus, please contact:

Lesley Tuchscherer
Manager,Occupational Health & Safety
Tel: 403.502.8439
Fax: 403.529-3926
ltuchscherer@mhc.ab.ca

To reach Campus Security, please call: 
Tel: 403.529.3911

In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.