City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
November 17, 2020

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.
Statewide Restrictions until Dec. 14
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country.
Incoming State Secretary of Health Announced
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah will replace John Wiesman who announced in February his plan to step down to join the faculty at his alma mater, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Stronger Together
Small businesses are especially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions as we continue to battle the pandemic. It's time again to rally together and support local businesses in as many ways as possible. Here are a few things to help keep our community moving.

  • Utilize 10-minute delivery and pick-up parking zones for restaurants and retailers
  • Learn more about assisting local businesses and employees at
  • Remember to #OrderUpSpokane
  • Wear a Mask and Socially Distance
  • Learn about the resources available for small businesses
#OrderUpSpokane with 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core allows citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out these lists of restaurants you can support.
When to Test, Quarantine, and Isolate
Spokane Regional Health District has a guide to answer your questions about COVID-19 exposure and what to do next.
Thanksgiving During a Pandemic
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will be one we will all remember. Many traditional activities like attending or hosting a Thanksgiving gathering are simply high-risk for spreading coronavirus. In fact, until Dec. 14, our state has prohibited indoor social gatherings with people outside a household unit unless people quarantine for 14 days or quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative test result for COVID-19. As you celebrate during the coronavirus pandemic, here are some tips on how to do it safely.
Your City at Work
Tell Us About Your Housing Experience
If you live or live/work in the City of Spokane, we want to hear about your housing needs, issues and experiences. This survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help us plan for the future with the Housing Action Plan.
Spokane Housing Forum
City Council will host a virtual community forum to discuss Spokane’s housing crisis. This discussion looks to address the concerns of the housing deficit and the affordability of homes in our region. The forum will include presentations by community groups, nonprofits, City and Council staff and will take public testimony. It can be viewed and streamed live on City Cable5, Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6 pm.
Officers Making Time for Kids
Spokane Police Department is privileged to be involved with the Salvation Army's Clothe-A-Child campaign. Officers took children who often live in hand-me-down clothes to buy new clothes and shoes, helping them to feel valued and showing them our community wants them to be safe and successful.
Starting a Home Project?
The City of Spokane's Development Services Center is now accepting all residential new project types with Electronic Document Review! Getting your plans reviewed, checking status and getting permits approved is right at your fingertips. Check it out!
All in a Day's Work
SFD's truck companies (Ladder, Towers, and Quints) are often responsible for overhaul and salvage when fires devastate homes or commercial buildings. The work is tedious, difficult, and performed in challenging conditions due to falling debris and dangerous atmospheres. L1A's Dustin Miller takes a moment to recycle his air bottle and return to work.
Green Yard & Food Waste Pick-Up Ends Dec 4
Get your leaves, pumpkins, pine needles, and other yard debris cleaned up. Curbside yard and food waste collection ends Friday, Dec. 4.
Pack Up the Clubs
All City of Spokane Golf Courses are closed for the season. We'll see you next year!
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. Whether it's one day a year or one day a week, there is an opportunity for you. Pick your passion below and get involved!
  • Arts Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Salary Review Commission
  • Pine Cone Pickin'
  • Garden Clean-Up
  • Food Bank Assistance
  • School Program Tech Help
Autumn Adventures: A Family Affair
Did you know that you can do a private family tour for hikes, snowshoeing or cross country skiing with Spokane Parks & Recreation? Family bonding outside! Check out the Fall Activity Guide for details.
On the Bright Side
It's another great edition of #MuralMonday with this cool art by Daniel Lopez at River City Tattoo in north central Spokane!
Need Utility Assistance?
Through the generosity of over 500 donors, a community relief fund for utilities is available. Those who need utility assistance can contact SNAP at (509) 456-SNAP to request support.

While the matching funds have been exhausted, donations for this effort are always appreciated.
Need Access to Food or Other Supplies?
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.
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