WAYNE – Senator Joni Albrecht reminded her district that Directed Health Measures (DHM) are more stringent in Dakota County than Thurston and Wayne counties in her weekly press release. Also, Nebraska state legislature will reconvene on July 20, contingent on the number of new COVID-19 cases between now and July 20.
Additionally, Senator Albrecht reminded us of ten restrictions that are in place for all three counties. Some restrictions of note include the ten-person rule, the six-feet apart rule, and the no dine-in rule. Also, she stated that no onsite alcohol consumption is permitted, certain medical procedures are allowed given other guidelines, and self-quarantine is required for anyone that tested positive for COVID-19. The senator reminded her constituents that all team sports are to be suspended till May 31st.
As for Dakota County, all barber shops/salons, movie theaters, and tattoo parlors remain closed, but these places may now open in Wayne and Thurston counties contingent that staff and customers wear a mask. Next, day cares in Dakota County have an in-person limit to ten people, while day cares in Wayne and Thurston counties may not exceed their current license limit.
The senator applauded Nebraskans for their creativity. Specifically, Albrecht noted new gardens put in, artwork in nursing home windows, and drive by interactions.
Furthermore, Albrecht sent her sympathy out to those in the agriculture industry that have been forced to dispose of surplus product. She referenced that slaughter rates are down 32% for cattle and 29% for hogs.
The senator pointed to a ray of hope in the form of the CARES Act by the federal government that will give direct assistance to farmers and ranchers. Also, she’s grateful for the Harvest Food Box Program, which will allow the federal government to buy agriculture products to give to food banks.
Albrecht mentioned a recent webinar called “Impact on Agriculture.” This webinar highlights some of the issues in agriculture utilizing featured guest speakers Tom Sell, former House Agriculture Committee member and Jay Rempke, Senior Economist from Farm Bureau.
In addition to the CARES Act and Harvest Food Box Program, these two talked about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) from the USDA that will provide aid to farmers.
For more information about farmer assistance visit https://www.usda.gov/. The webinar can be watched here https://www.platteinstitute.org/research/detail/webinar-impact-on-agriculture. Also, Senator Albrecht wants to invite you to direct your thoughts and questions to her email at email@example.com or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.