City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
July 7, 2020

#Inland Strong
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, July 7, 2020
Face Covering Requirement in Effect

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order. The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state.
Curbside COVID-19 Testing
Spokane Regional Health District is providing curbside COVID-19 testing at multiple area schools in Spokane County. There is no charge but if you have insurance, you are encouraged to seek testing at your primary care provider’s office. If you do not have insurance or are finding it hard to get to a testing clinic, you are welcome to come in for testing.
Expanded Testing and Contact Tracing Key to Safe Reopening of Businesses
A key component to Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Recovery Plan to safely reopen businesses is to increase testing of anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and notify close contacts of those who test positive for the disease. A close contact is defined as anyone who was around the positive person, while infectious, for a prolonged period of time (defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes). These are typically household members, coworkers, classmates, or people who you may have interacted with socially. The process of identifying, testing, and treating close contacts is known as contact tracing. Testing and contact tracing are critical to “box in the virus” and prevent it from spreading to others in the community.
How Do Feel About Wearing a Mask?
Please complete this survey to help Spokane Regional Health District better understand how people in our area feel about wearing face coverings (including fabric masks). The survey should take about five to ten minutes to complete. When you are done with your survey you can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards.
Be Safe Around the Water
Water activities are a great way to have fun in the sun and cool down. Here are some tips from Spokane Fire Department's Water Rescue Team to stay safe this summer!
  • Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or Life Jacket.
  • Find a PFD or Life Jacket you will actually wear.
  • Read the label. Make sure it's Coast Guard approved.
  • Learn how to properly fit your PFD or Life Jacket.
  • Maintain your PFD or Life Jacket.
  • Know the laws.
Your City at Work

Mirror Pond Gets Its Reflection Back
The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department's rehabilitation project at Mirror Pond in Manito Park is complete and the area is now fully accessible to the public! The rehabilitation project involved removing sediment from the pond floor, deepening the pond to reduce algae blooms, and installing a treatment wetland to filter out phosphorous and nitrogen. The pond hasn't looked this good in decades!
Still Time to Be Counted
You empower your community when you get counted for the 2020 Census! Census population data determines our share of $13.7 billion in federal dollars, the number of seats we have in Congress, and many essential services. Over 71 percent of Spokane households have been counted and Spokane has the best response rate of the ten largest cities in our state. We know it is important for our schools, public health, and building roads. For every person missed our community stands to lose over $30,000. We cannot afford that!
Save Money with the Water Wise Challenge!
We encourage everyone in our community to use Spokane’s water resources wisely and to help us protect our river. As we battle the summer heat in our high-desert climate, water use more than triples; last year the average household outdoor use was 553 gallons per day. Save water throughout Spokane's hottest months of July & August, and compete to earn credit toward your utility bill. Your only competition is yourself, so no matter how heavy or light your water-use typically is, everyone has an equal chance to win. Contest ends July 15!
Summer Fun: Learn the History of Your House
Spokane Public Library Librarian Riva Dean walks you through how and why to research your house! Learn about local history and even your home's history!
On the Bright Side
We hope you enjoyed the July 4th fireworks! Jerry W. Kayser captured the moment and sent this beautiful picture from Avista Stadium. Thank you to the presenting partners and underwriters who made neighborhood fireworks possible!
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?
Call 311 (509-755-2489 outside of city limits)
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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