City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
June 30, 2020

#Inland Strong
Spokane County COVID-19 Data
Each day, information evolves about Coronavirus Disease 19 (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 .
Washington State COVID-19 Data
Track information on this county risk assessment interactive dashboard for cases, hospitalizations and deaths for people who have had a positive molecular test for COVID -19.
Phase 4 on Pause Statewide
Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary John Wiesman announced the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID-19 virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time.  Read more here.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, June 29, 2020
Spokane County Sees Increase in Cases
Today, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) has confirmed new positive cases COVID-19 in Spokane County According to SRHD, the recent increase in positive cases reflect a combination of increased contact tracing, the relaxing of testing criteria, increased testing accessibility, and continued community spread. 
Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County Health Officer said, “When we investigate positive cases, the result of reaching out to those who came in close contact is an increase in testing and possible discovery of more positive cases, many of whom may not have symptoms. They now know to self-quarantine to help keep others in our community healthy.”
Lutz further explained that there is a concerning number of community spread cases, reiterating that the public must remain vigilant with the measures recommended by the Safe Start Plan to reopen.
“Recent increases in positive cases without an epidemiological link are signals alerting us to potential community-wide spread that could result in increased hospitalizations and hinder our ability to keep our community open,” Lutz said. “If we remain steady with a calibrated, methodical approach to reopen and follow recommended public health measures, then we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Spokane County.”
SRHD emphasizes the importance of taking the recommended measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including physical distancing and wearing masks while indoors at public places. 
See local demonstration about droplet spreading:
North: Dwight Merkel Sports Complex
South: Ferris High School
Central: Avista Stadium
Valley: Plantes Ferry Park
Local Fireworks Displays Planned for July 4
Four separate fireworks displays will be offered across the Spokane area at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. People are encouraged to watch from their homes if nearby one of the four designated launch sites, or to view the fireworks drive-in style. SWX will also broadcast the fireworks live on television. Tune into 93.7 FM The Mountain beginning at 9:30 p.m. for continuous patriotic music.

Spokane Indians Baseball Club, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf, and Spokane Public Schools are partnering with several underwriters to bring the community a socially distant 4th of July celebration, offering a geographically dispersed drive-in fireworks experience.
Be Firework Safe around July 4th
With the Fourth of July holiday just a few days away, the Spokane Fire Department reminds everyone that the sale and use of all amateur (consumer) fireworks is illegal in the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake and the unincorporated areas of Spokane County. Consumer fireworks have been illegal for more than 25 years. Since the ban has been in place, the average number of fireworks-caused fires annually has dropped from 104 to less than 5. Fireworks-caused injuries have had a similar decrease. In addition to fines and court costs, illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in infractions of $536 for each violation. Learn how to have a safe and happy holiday!
Your City at Work

Lime Scooters are Back!
Spokane's WheelShare program is returning to the streets of Spokane on Wednesday, July 1, providing affordable, safe and sustainable transportation options. Lime scooters will be deployed initially with bikes to follow approximately two weeks later. As part of the relaunch, Lime is taking various steps to keep riders and the community safe.
Spokane Rewards, Solves and Gives!

The City of Spokane is a great place to combine community support with your expertise. There are over 30 Boards, Commissions and Committees made up of volunteers who help shape our community. The City is excited to welcome these volunteers to the work we do!

Community, Housing, and Human Services Board
  • Barry Barfield
  • Bob Hutchinson
  • Jason McCallister
  • Ike Okoli
  • Jeri Rathbun
Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission
  • Cole Taylor
  • Daniel Zapotocky
Design Review Board
  • Drew Kleman
Spokane Arts Commission
  • Daniel Lopez
  • Chris Maccini
  • Eva Silverstone
  • Patricia Tully
  • Emma Noyes
  • Miguel Gonzales
  • Remelissa Cullitan
Plan Commission
  • Jo Anne Wright
  • Clifford Winger
  • Thomas Sanderson
Bicycle Advisory Board
  • Taylor Stevens
  • Jason Oestereicher
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
  • Jim Simon
STA Updates
Fare collection will resume on July 1 with plans for new safety measures including protective barriers between coach operators and passengers, required use of face coverings and increased disinfecting protocols. Additionally, there will be some lane closures near the Plaza requiring temporary boarding locations for zones 1 through 4.
Free PPE for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Greater Spokane Inc. and Spokane County are distributing free Personal Protective Equipment to help small businesses and nonprofits reduce barriers to reopening and continue operations to keep employees and the public safe. Businesses and nonprofits with 49 and fewer employees must register in advance to receive equipment such as hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner, disposable facial coverings and cloth facial coverings. Volunteers needed too!
Summer Fun: Garden Tour
Spokane Public Library Community Educator Juan Juan shares the growth in her garden at the 50 day mark since planting seeds in the spring. #HarvestTime
On the Bright Side
We love seeing all of the amazing artwork around town! Check out this one by Amber Hoit at Madhatter Hair and Makeup Studio on west Indiana Ave! #MuralMonday
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?
Call 311 (509-755-2489 outside of city limits)
Need Mental Health Help During this Crisis?
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.
#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.
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