City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
December 15, 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized Statewide
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The workgroup is comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, and have been meeting to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of all vaccines federally authorized. Spokane Regional Health District confirmed that at least 3,900 will be sent to health care providers in Spokane County following approval by the U.S. FDA.
Mayor's Update
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, December 14, 2020
A Safe Holiday Season

Winter Farmers Market at the Pavilion 
Support local growers and artisans in a safe environment! Enjoy fresh local products and handmade goods, plus prepared food available for takeout. Vendors will be placed throughout Riverfront Park's Pavilion Central Plaza (outdoors), Pavilion Main Lobby and Sky Room (indoors) each Wed. from 3-7 p.m.
Celebrity Inspires Giving Partnership
Twelve days, 12 shelters, 12 restaurants. Actress Sydney Sweeney, born and raised in Spokane, is donating $12,000 to make the holiday season brighter for Spokane’s houseless population and local restaurants struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
#OrderUpSpokane with 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core allows citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders.
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. These quick 1-minute videos are a sneak peek to their daily operations.
Your City at Work
2021 Budget Approved
During Monday night’s legislative session City Council voted 6-1 to adopt the Annual Budget of the City of Spokane for 2021. The Council Budget Committee and Mayor Woodward have been meeting and corresponding regularly until wrapping up just a couple of days ago. Mayor Woodward issued this statement regarding the successful process.
New Water Calculator
This fall, the City of Spokane approved changes to the rates it charges for water use, rewarding customers for lower water use and encouraging customers to limit their use to 25 units (or around 18,700 gallons) a month. The new rates change the tiered structure for water use that the City had been using and take effect on January 1. We have created a new water calculator to let our customers know how the changes would impact them.
Time is Running Out for Housing Feedback
Part of building the Housing Action Plan is This survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help us plan for the future with the Housing Action Plan. The survey is now available in Marshallese, Russian, Arabic, Spanish and Vietnamese languages.
The City of Spokane utility customers should be aware of potential scam calls that threaten water shutoff because of a late bill. Citizens have reported that they received robocalls stating they were behind on their City utility payments and to press “one” to talk to an operator.
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.
SPD Hires New Officers
Back in August, Mayor Woodward put out a call for police officers to come to Spokane if they were interested in moving. Please join us in welcoming these four lateral officers from Seattle who were sworn in recently. They are from left to right:
  • Officer Josh Zuray
  • Officer Jared Keller
  • Officer Bryan Weber
  • Officer Jesse Cahill
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
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Plan Commission
  • Office of Police Ombudsman Commission
  • Salary Review Commission
  • Food Bank Assistance
  • School Program Tech Help
  • Holiday Cards for Angel Card Project
Winter Wonders: Enchanted Garden at Manito Park
The Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito transforms a decades-long Spokane tradition into a COVID-friendly experience to lift spirits and brighten the season. Tips: Go on a weekday and #OrderUpSpokane from your car while in line.
On the Bright Side
COVID brings out the best in Spokane area residents who generously donate money to feed hungry people, while throwing a lifeline to locally owned eateries. Check out with Rick Clark and his Quaranteam are up to!
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?
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, Safety Simon reminds residents to water their Christmas tree daily. And remember to unplug your tree lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
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