City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
December 22, 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.
Travel Requirements Issued for State
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, has been circulating.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
A Safe Holiday Season

Tips to Celebrate Safely
As you celebrate during the coronavirus pandemic, we have some tips on how to celebrate safely. Many traditional holiday activates like attending or hosting gatherings are simply high-risk for spreading coronavirus. The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is to celebrate at home with your household unit. We can get creative and find new holiday traditions!
Sydney Sweeney Gives Back
One woman’s generosity is bankrolling a win-win for Spokane residents and local restaurants in need. Sydney Sweeney, the Spokane, born and raised, actress is paying 12 local restaurants, including Frank’s Diner, to make a thousand dollars worth of food to go, and deliver the meals to local shelters.
Winter Farmers Market Brightens Spirits 
Thousands of people have taken the opportunity to support local growers and artisans in a safe environment. You will find fresh local products and handmade goods, plus prepared food available for takeout. The next Winter Market will be Wed., Dec. 30th from 3-7 p.m.
Take a Minute for Local Business!
We're highlighting small businesses to see how they are responding and adjusting to serving their customers and keeping our community safe.
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.

Your City at Work

Construction a Bright Spot in 2020
The barricades, orange cones, and “construction ahead” signs have mostly been put away as the City concluded its annual construction season. The pandemic delayed the start of 2020 construction, but decent weather allowed projects to continue late into the fall and contractors to finish strong.
What is the "missing middle" in housing?
A buzzword has surfaced to describe the challenges many cities are experiencing and Spokane is one of them. Find out what this gap is in housing along with the Spokane Housing Action Plan.
Public Comment Period Coming for Neighborhood Community Development Program
The Community, Housing, and Human Services Board will host a Public Hearing to amend the 2020 Annual Action Plan. The Public Hearing will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Community Development Program and open a 30-day public comment period from Jan. 6 to Feb. 5. For more information, please contact You can find the meeting agenda and call-in information on the City's website.
360 Degree Tour of Waste To Energy Facility
Touring the City’s Waste to Energy facility has always been a popular activity for school groups and the general public. Thanks to the help of KSPS and their GoPro360 camera, you can watch this 12-minute tour. It allows you to look all around as you hear how things work. It is the next best thing to being there—maybe even better as you take the tour in the warmth and comfort of your home.
Vote for Spokane's Flag Design!
Over 300 designs have been submitted to the City of Spokane Flag Commission and now it's time to show your love for which ones you would move forward in the Flag Design Gallery.
Give Spokane Police Feedback
The Spokane Police Department is seeking your input on our service to the community regarding trust, professionalism, community outreach and more. The results of this survey will be used in an ongoing effort to assess and improve SPD training and practices. The survey is similar to other surveys SPD has put out since 2015, with Department of Justice assistance.
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!
  • 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
Winter Escapes: The Cold Millions
Listen to this exclusive interview by Spokane Public Library with local author Jess Walter. The Cold Millions is an escape right to the early 20th century in Spokane! Find out why it's on the New York Times Best of 2020 list.
On the Bright Side
An early Christmas gift for some families in need thanks to SPD's Tactical Team! Officers delivered 19 bikes to children identified by local schools. The officers purchased the bikes themselves along with a donation from the Spokane Police Foundation.
Need Access to Food?
Visit to reserve a weekly delivery!

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.
Simon the Safety Elf
Spokane Fire's Elf, Simon gives us a friendly reminder. If you can make an elf blanket out of your dryer lint, then its time to clean out the filter.
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