City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
October 13, 2020

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
WA 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.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, October 12, 2020
Annual Statement of Conditions and Affairs
Mayor Nadine Woodward delivered the Annual Statement of Conditions and Affairs Monday evening. Speaking to the City Council and viewers on City Cable 5, Woodward conveyed a year that has brought unforeseen, unplanned, and unprecedented challenges to the region and has also impacted City operations and finances, although not as severely as initially feared. She credited strict adherence to budget principles that allowed the City to begin the year on solid financial footing for the current relative stability. Woodward also cautioned with her declaration that everyone community-wide is feeling the effects of the global pandemic and conditions are still changing.
The Spokane Hospitality Coalition, is a cooperative effort of city and county officials working alongside local bars and restaurants to keep our local business' doors open. Their mission is to keep our community safe and save local business. Every member of the Spokane Hospitality Coalition has agreed to follow improved guidelines, procedures and regulations in order to keep our employees & customers healthy and our doors open. Learn how you can support the effort!
Your City at Work
Next 100 Days
A lot has happened this year, including a global pandemic that has organizations around the world learning and refining their operations. Mayor Nadine Woodward’s Next 100 Days Plan sets a clear direction and expectations for the for the City organization as it continues delivering the services and outcomes the community expects, works through a budget process impacted by the global pandemic, and makes key leadership hires.
2021 Preliminary Budget Released
The City shifted to priority-based budgeting this year to better emphasize the need to build expenses within revenue limitations. Mayor Nadine Woodward released her preliminary budget earlier this month and expects to deliver her proposed 2021 budget to the City Council on November 2.
SPD Launches Spokane Safe Place
Safe Place is an agreement between businesses, SPD, and the community to report crimes and help people who have experienced crime or feel threatened. Local business owners agree to train their employees, volunteers, and/or staff on how to report a crime, and owners agree to let victims wait inside their businesses for police arrival. SPD’s Community Outreach division has already signed up 16 businesses as early adopters.
Fire Prevention Week
Do you know the firefighter approved way to safely put out a grease fire? Check out this quick tutorial from SFD's Fire Investigators. 
Regional Emergency Shelter Offers Resources
When guests wake up inside The Salvation Army's new emergency shelter, they get a welcome chance to feel secure, stable, and supported. Three things anyone needs when they’re trying to get their life back on track. Learn more about the impact of this regional partnership in response to COVID-19 for the most vulnerable.
Fiber Construction Underway in the City
Citizens are beginning to see work in their neighborhoods as part of a construction project with TDS Metrocom. The new system being installed in the utility easement area will allow for additional competition for all-fiber, fiber-to-the home cable television and high-speed internet systems. This will provide choice and improved price for citizens.
Working at the City of Spokane
Interested in working at the City of Spokane? The City has full-time, part-time and supported employee positions open.
Check out the Partners for Work Virtual Interview events connecting adults with disabilities with employers in the community.
Spokane Rewards. Spokane Solves. Spokane Gives
Serve on the Civil Service Commission
Fair. Fast. Friendly. Forward: Providing a diverse, high-performing workforce to serve the Spokane community for generations to come through open, competitive, streamlined, and customer-centric personnel services is the mission of the Civil Service Commission. Be part of bringing the best talent to work at the City of Spokane. Learn more and apply today!
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
  • Litter Pick-Up
Virtual Fall Compost Fair
There will not be a Fall Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum this October but you can still learn about composting fall leaves. The Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers are bringing their Fall Compost Fair to the public in a virtual event. For one week, county residents can get great home composting tips in the online event and earn a free compost bin!

Autumn Adventures: Wrapping Up the Garden
Have questions about finishing up the growing season? Get the answers here! Learn from Plant Doctor Tim from WSU Spokane County Extension the answers to some of the most common questions related to fall gardening.
On the Bright Side
The Sustainability Action Subcommittee is partnering with Spokane Parks and Recreation, Natural Grocers and Beyond Pesticide to reduce the amount of pesticides. By bringing Bees to Chief Garry Park, they will demonstrate how creating a habitat that is friendly for bees and other pollinators will preserve water, keep plants resilient, and be safer for the community.
Photo by Hilary Nickerson
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.
#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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