City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
January 5, 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.
Governor Announces Healthy Washington Plan
Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. Read the details here.

Mayor's Statement Healthy Washington Plan
“This new plan gives people renewed hope and a goal certain to pursue every day. Our community, along with the rest of the state, has been paused in place for quite some time. New information and a clear path forward are welcomed and appreciated and help ease the frustration and fatigue that has begun setting in. A regional approach and accountability are some of the many positives that are a part of this new plan and we look forward to greater definition of additional steps. Today is a next step and not the end, both in terms of the state’s plan and of the responsibilities we all share as individuals to maintain our resilience and discipline to wear our masks, watch our distance, wash our hands, and limit gatherings.”

Nadine Woodward
Mayor, City of Spokane
City Council Recap
Monday, January 4, 2021
The next City Council Legislative Meeting is Monday, January 11.
SRHD Explains Vaccines
There is a great deal of information coming out about the COVID-19 vaccines. With a lot of information comes a lot of questions. Some of these questions can be answered by health authorities and some simply don’t have answers right now. Learn about safety and when everybody will get the vaccine on the SRHD website.
First Responders Getting COVID Vaccine
Spokane area fire agencies in cooperation with the Spokane County EMS and Trauma Care Council and the Spokane Regional Health District began vaccinating first responders in Spokane County. This is an important first step as future phases of administering the COVID-19 vaccination rely on having a healthy medical system and healthy medical professionals who can continue providing care to those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and who can contribute to the vaccination efforts.
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
First Full-City Plow of the Season Completed
City streets crews activated the first full-city plow on Wednesday, Dec. 30 and finished on Saturday, Jan. 2. The plow effort was completed in about three days, meeting the City’s time goal of completing a full plow. City departments including streets, water and wastewater crews worked 24 hours a day and utilized more than 50 pieces of equipment, until all streets in the City were plowed.
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. For more information, please contact You can find the meeting agenda and call-in information on the City's website.
Need Tree Pick-up?
The City will offer free curbside Christmas tree pickup Jan. 4-8. Once the decorations are removed, residents can place their fresh-cut trees on the curb on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. Please cut trees over 6 ft. in half.
Safe Holiday Activities Well Attended
City of Spokane Parks & Recreation was creative and offered up ways for families to celebrate the season with drive-thru light displays and drive-in neighborhood firework shows. Manito Park received 66,000 guests and New Year's Eve fireworks shows were attended by 6,800 cars plus those who could view from nearby homes.
School Levy Vote Coming Up

What is a school levy?
The Educational Programs and Operations levy is a way for local communities to enrich basic education programs and activities not funded by the state that are necessary for a well-rounded education. Spokane Public Schools is proposing a replacement levy in the Feb. 9 election. For more information about the levy renewal and what it will mean for public schools, visit their website.
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
Winter Escapes: Kid Crime Scene Investigators
Kids ages 12-17 will spend 5 weeks using S.T.E.M. principles to solve a missing person case, create and examine blood splatter, recover fingerprints, analyze handwriting and much more. It's all in the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation Winter Activity Guide!
On the Bright Side
Patty-cake is fun and helps with fine motor skills! Spokane Public Library reminds us of the magic of singing, clapping and cooking.
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.
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