Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17

LINCOLN – Albrecht wanted to open her weekly update by applauding and thanking the team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). UNMC started treating COVID-19 patients back in February and conducting medical trials for treatment of the virus back on February 25.

The senator assured that time has brought information and technology that has allowed us to reopen schools and businesses. This has taken a long time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now, all but one county has moved into phase four of the State’s reopening plan.

Albrecht mentioned that there have been spikes in cases since schools and businesses have opened, although the number of cases has steadily declined since July in Nebraska.

The positivity rate of tests has stayed about the same since college campuses opened. That rate has roamed around 9.5% to 9.6%. There have been 442 reported COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska since March. This number is correct as of September 18.

Since the end of May, case totals in Dakota County have been about 100 to 120 cases per month.

Flu season is on the horizon. Albrecht recommends that at-risk people consider getting the pneumonia and/or the flu vaccine.

The senator asserted that she would continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in District 17. Updates in this regard will come via her weekly updates and through community events.

Senator Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts with her by email at, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.