House District 39 - COVID-19 update

Representative Christine Drazan

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It was another full week. We have moved to statewide retail reopening starting today (stand alone retail guidelines HERE). Most counties are able to move into phase 1 reopening, however, there are still 5 counties who aren't there yet. It was a busy week talking to business owners, local pastors and constituents all working hard for their businesses, congregations and families. I hosted a statewide town hall to invite Oregonians to share their questions and concerns with the Governor's staff. Today, was an Emergency Board meeting - which is a legislative committee that spends money when the legislature is not in session. I continue to advocate for the many, many constituents who are still waiting for their unemployment insurance to be issued. Please contact my office if you need help getting your benefits.

Thank you for all the feedback this week. Every time the Governor's office released reopening draft plans for the different sectors, I got those out to you immediately and submitted back every bit of your feedback. Last week's newsletter included a survey. A big thank you to those who shared their opinions. You'll find the results below. 

Counties Moving to Phase 1 Reopening


As you know, those of us in Clackamas County and most of our neighboring counties have not yet begun phase 1 reopening.  Clackamas County Commissioners will review a draft application at a work session next Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00. The public and interested parties can watch this meeting over Zoom. If you'd like to follow along, please sign up HERE.


Thank you to everyone who took the survey and forwarded it on. The over 550 responses were very informative. The summaries are below.




Help for Local Businesses and Farmers Amid COVID Crisis

Families won't have jobs to return to when Governor Brown opens the state back up for business - unless the state stops harming local businesses and farmers and starts helping them. It is critical that any new rule continue to be fully funded, only apply during this emergency and maintain consistency across competing states.


Oregonians Deserve to be Heard Virtual Town Hall - Features Governor's Key Staff Answering Questions from over 500 Oregonians


The House Republican Office's virtual town hall to discuss safely reopening Oregon and our economy was an overwhelming success. Dr. Dana Hargunani, the state's Chief Medical Officer, Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Legislative Director and Leah Horner, Regional Solutions Director answered questions from Oregonians all over the state. Thank you to the hundreds of participants who pre-registered, logged on and submitted more questions than we could answer in the 90 minutes we were meeting. We are working on getting responses out to every question that was asked. The feedback was positive and we look forward to our next town hall.

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