City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
March 2, 2021

Spokane County COVID-19 Data
Each day, information evolves COVID-19. At the City, we want our citizens and visitors to know that we are working to reduce the spread of this disease in our community, continue to provide critical City services, and address impacts of closures of schools, business and events. For the most recent and local data on cases and outcomes, visit

State of Washington COVID-19 Data
Track information with these interactive dashboards for risk assessment, health data, economic impact and recovery, schools and PPE information.
Local Vaccination Distribution Information
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, and have begun to be distributed within the state. Information on the vaccine and its distribution in Washington is found on the DOH web site. DOH released an estimated vaccine phases timeline the first week of January. More people will become eligible for vaccines over time. Learn more details on the SRHD website.

State COVID-19 Information Hotline
1-800-525-0127 (press #)
  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon.
  • 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Sun. and holidays 
Hotline specialists can answer questions on a variety of COVID-19 topics, including symptoms and testing, exposure to the virus, recommended isolation and quarantine periods, and WA Notify notification app.
Mayor Update
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
City Council Recap
Monday, March 1, 2021
Your City at Work
Police Guild and City Approve Contract
A 5-year contract with the Spokane Police Guild was approved by the Spokane City Council. The contract meets the dual needs of the community to show support for its police officers and gain greater clarity on civilian oversight.
Green Bin Collection is Back!
The City of Spokane has resumed curbside yard and food waste pickup. The optional service runs from March through November. Customers may not have a lot of yard waste right now, but they can use the green carts to dispose of food scraps and food-soiled paper. Yard waste that can be placed in the carts includes grass, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, and small branches.
Change to Recycling Schedule Coming in May
Starting the first week of May, residential customers will see a change in curbside pickup of recyclables. That’s when the City of Spokane’s Solid Waste Collections Department will switch to every other week collection of recycling. This change will manage escalating costs for the recycling program without charging customers more.
Municipal Court Closure Coming Up
The City of Spokane’s Municipal Court will be closed Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5 to accommodate an update to the case management software. The closure will include most court hearings and the public counters at the Court Clerk’s Office. Spokane Municipal Court will continue to process DUI, and domestic violence first appearances during the closure period in addition to all in custody initial appearances.
Library Computer Time Now Available
Check emails, catch up on social media, print important documents, or use the library's free online resources. Reserve 30 minutes of computer time at your local library.
Flag Commission Update
After 400 submissions and 300 semifinalists and a public feedback process, the Spokane Flag Commission has selected 12 finalists to advance to a binding vote of the public. The public will be able to vote starting in April through a partnership with Spokane Public Library.
Spokane Downtown Plan Update
The City and Downtown Spokane Partnership has been meeting with stakeholders and engaging with the community about the next decade of downtown. It's time to weigh-in on the drafted Spokane Downtown Plan Update! You're invited to give feedback and can:

Fiber Construction in Your Neighborhood
TDS Metrocom has begun construction on an all-fiber, fiber-to-the home cable television and high-speed internet system within the City of Spokane. The TDS system will allow for additional competition for these services in our City, resulting in choice and improved price for customers. Residents are beginning to see work in their neighborhoods as part of this construction project. The construction has been permitted for the public right of way and the additional utility easement that exists in front of many homes in the City.
Local Business Highlights
The Grain Shed is your source for local ingredients and deliciousness!
Golf Season Opens Thursday
Got a bad case of cabin fever? Golf season at The Creek at Qualchan starts on Thursday, March 4th! Book a tee time with us and come use the driving range! Give the Pro Shop a call at (509) 448-9317 or book online today!
Need Access to Food?
Contact SNAP at (509) 319-3050 or

Need Mental Health Help?
Contact 24/7: Frontier Crisis Line (509) 838-4428
Contact or Walk-In: Inland Northwest Behavioral Health (509) 992-1888

CHAS Health: (509) 444-8200

Excelsior Wellness Center: (509) 559-3100
Help for children, adults and families is available via telehealth.

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Lutheran Community Services: (509) 747-8224
Intensive Behavioral Health, Victim Advocacy and Foster Care, are available.
Utility Payment Options

We know that the pandemic has created economic hardship for many of the City’s utility customers. Assistance with monthly City utility bills for water, sewer, and solid waste is available during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Residential property owners as well as tenants can seek direct financial assistance through the City's U-Help program by calling 456-SNAP. Utility Billing can also provide interest-free payment plans for residential customers. More information.

Business owners with an active City of Spokane utility account, may qualify for a small business assistance utility bill deferral. More information.

Late fees and water shutoffs for non-payment have been suspended to assist customers during the pandemic. Donations for this effort are always appreciated.
Spokane Rewards. Spokane Solves. Spokane Gives.
The City of Spokane is a great place to combine community support with expertise. There are over 30 Boards, Commissions and Committees made up of volunteers who help shape our community. If you have one day a year, or one day a week, there is an opportunity for you. Pick your passion below and get involved!

  • Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Plan Commission
  • Office of Police Ombudsman Commission
  • Salary Review Commission
  • Food Bank Assistance
  • School Program Tech Help
Spring Dreams: Ride the Looff Carrousel
Riverfront Park is excited to announce the opening of the Looff Carrousel under Phase 2 guidelines. Nearly a year after closing due to COVID-19, the hand-carved animals on the historic 1909 carrousel can merrily go round again with revised protocols in place.
On the Bright Side
Or, maybe on the "dark cave side", check out the Batman mural by Daniel Lopez at the Garland Art Alley!
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We are here to help! Simply dial 311 or if outside City limits: 509.755.CITY(2489).