Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17 About Military Appreciation, Vaccine Distribution, Wayne State College, Plus Much More

WAYNE – With winter weather arriving, Senator Joni Albrecht encouraged people to donate winter coats to local charities, especially for children. She invited citizens to check in on vulnerable loved ones this holiday.

Every day of legislative session a different senator will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Albrecht proposed that each senator have the choice of leading the Pledge themselves or awarding the privilege to a local military veteran.

The Wreaths Across America Proclamation will be Saturday, December 19, at 11 a.m. This is where wreaths are laid and names of fallen military members are read aloud. There will be 12 participating cemeteries in Nebraska.

Nebraska is now in the yellow zone on the risk dial. Restrictions are loosening. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of hospital patients are COVID-19 patients in Nebraska. This allows for elective surgeries to resume. For updated Directed Health Measures (DHMs), visit governor.nebraska.gov. 

It is just as important to remember preventative measures while restrictions loosen. Hand wash often, social distance, and wear a mask. Most importantly, if experiencing symptoms, stay home and get tested.

A vaccine is on the way. Healthcare professionals, long-term care residents, and those with underlying health conditions will receive the vaccine first.

Albrecht decided to update people on what Wayne State College was up to for the fall of 2020 and beyond.

First off, the fall of 2020 newcomers were the second largest class in Wayne State history. There were 3,865 total students enrolled. This was up 4.77 percent since last year for a total of a 20 percent increase in the last three years.

Wayne State was able to hold in-person instruction throughout the semester. The semester started on August 17 and ended on November 25. Graduation was on November 20.

The college did rigorous testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols. A block of local hotels rooms was paid for by the college for those who lived on campus that needed to quarantine.

The college launched a cooperative education program that combines classroom learning with real world experiences. During a student’s senior year, they live in downtown Norfolk with his or her peers. This allows them to learn about social and cultural opportunities in Northeast Nebraska.

Senator Albrecht encouraged her constituents to share their thoughts and questions with her by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.

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