House District 39 - COVID-19 Update

Representative Christine Drazan

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been a busy week of working with constituents, legislative leadership and local officials as we move toward reopening our state. CDC social distancing guidelines are working in Oregon. We can protect public health by continuing to follow these guidelines as we work together to reopen Oregon's economy regionally. Sunday, I spoke about this on KATU's Your Voice Your Vote. Carefully and incrementally reopening our state brings Oregonians back to jobs that keep a roof over their heads, restores stability in their lives and supports families and communities.



Starting TODAY from McDonald's..........

Inspired by the heroes we continue to serve, starting Wednesday, April 22, through Tuesday, May 5, all first responders and healthcare workers are eligible for a free “Thank You Meal" via drive-thru and carry-out at participating McDonald’s locations by simply showing a work badge. Each meal will be served in the iconic Happy Meal Box with breakfast and daytime options available.


The number one constituent concern I am hearing is about Unemployment Insurance claims.  This agency is falling behind and must do better. Turnaround time for these claims is still around 2-3 weeks. But, depending on the complexity of your claim, it could take longer. I will continue to keep you updated as they hire additional staff and work to improve turn around time.

If you are experiencing issues with your claims or need to file, here are some things you can do to get things moving:

Please reach out to my office if you have done these steps and still can't get a response. Send an email with your information to: 

Assistance for Farmers


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), an immediate relief program that provides $19 billion in support to farmers and ranchers, maintains the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensures access to food for those in need.  This includes $16 billion in direct support to farmers and ranchers based on actual losses for agricultural producers.  Read more here.

Upcoming Emergency Board Meeting


The Emergency Board is one of the Legislative Committees that I have the honor of serving on. This Thursday, April 23rd, the Joint Emergency Board will be meeting virtually. I am committed to serving the needs of Oregonians, ensuring that we maintain transparency and accountability with all spending of taxpayer funds in these difficult days. The funding topics include:

• Housing and Community Services Department – Safe Shelter and Rental Assistance
•Oregon Business Development Department – COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance
•Department of Justice – Emergency Housing for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
•Department of Administrative Services – Oregon Worker Relief Fund
•Bureau of Labor and Industries – Human Resource Position
•Department of Human Services – Long Term Care Worker COVID-19 Testing and Training
•Oregon Business Development Department – Critical Access Hospital Stabilization Loans
•Department of Administrative Services – Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund
•Department of Forestry – 2019 and 2020 Fire Seasons Costs
•Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority – Non-State Employee Collective Bargaining
•Public Defense Services Commission – Public Defense System Improvements

The agenda can be found here. Meeting materials can be found here. Additionally, the committee will be live for viewers to watch from home. 

Local Food Pantries



If you need food support, or you are able to give, check out our local food pantries:

Estacada Area Food Bank

The Canby Center

St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank at St. Patrick's Church

Oregon Food Bank Find Food Map


As always, it is my pleasure to serve my community, Please reach out to my office anytime.


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-395, Salem, OR 97301