City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
September 15, 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, September 15, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, September 14, 2020
CARES Act Funding Update
Spokane City Council voted and accepted CARES Act Funding to administer components of an economic support funding program to address COVID-19 impacts in Spokane. The Council voted unanimously to award 15 organizations funding totaling more than $1 million.

Small businesses can now receive support and resources through Live Local Inland Northwest. Learn more on the CARES Act Funding section of the City's website.
Your City at Work
Safer Air Shelter Activated
The City of Spokane opened a regional temporary, short-term drop-in safer air center due to heavy smoke in the area that is causing hazardous air quality conditions.

The regional safer air center is open 24 hours a day at the Spokane Convention Center beginning while the air quality index remains above 250. It will be open to anyone who needs a place to seek relief from the smoke regardless of their housing situation.

It was a community effort from many organizations and volunteers such as the Public Facilities District, HEART Animal Rescue, SCRAPS, Washington National Guard, 2nd Harvest, Project Beauty Share, Starbucks, Multi-Care, Civil Air Patrol, Community Agencies Active in Disaster (COAD), Spokane Street Medicine, AmeriGroup, United Way of Spokane and Women & Children's Free Restaurant all joined in the effort to help those escape the hazardous air. #InlandStrong
For-Hire Licensing Going Virtual
For-hire drivers will soon have the option to renew or apply for their license online! A for-hire driver is any driver who is affiliated with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) or taxi company. Popular examples of TNCs include Uber and Lyft.
Weigh In on New Water Tank
The public is invited to an online community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. to learn about the possibility of constructing a needed new water tank in Hamblen Park. The tank would ensure the availability of adequate water during a fire emergency and meet demand for water, especially during the summer season, for much of the City’s South Hill.
Ready to Serve
Recently, 14 Spokane Police Department Officers graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. This class is the most diverse class in two decades who better reflect the community. Congratulations to Class 804!
Concealed Pistol Licenses Move Online
Spokane Police Department is now accepting applications for new, renewed, and replacement Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) through the police department website.
Combined Sewer Overflow Tank Now Online
We've committed to reduce the amount of untreated overflows from combined sanitary and stormwater that reach the Spokane River. We think it's important for our citizens to have a greater understanding of these sewers and why this work is important. The last of of the tanks is now online keeping the Spokane River healthy!
Wrong Info on USPS Postcards for WA Voters
Over the weekend, voters in Washington began receiving postcards from the US Postal Service with recommendations for voting in this year’s General Election. Two of the five tips are not relevant to Washington. One of the recommendations is to request a ballot 15 days before Election Day. The second recommendation is to affix first class postage when the voter returns the ballot. Voters can contact the Spokane County elections website for additional information.
Autumn Adventures: Mural Tour
Check out the creative, artistic, fun and colorful murals in Hillyard!
On the Bright Side
Spokane's favorite elephant, Isadore makes her way to Riverfront Park!
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 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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We are here to help! Simply dial 311 or if outside City limits: 509.755.CITY(2489).