City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
May 12, 2020

#Inland Strong
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 .
Governor's Update
Governor Inslee announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan today that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the details of the initiative here.
Spokane County Pursues Opening at a Different Pace
Following actions by the Spokane County Commission and the Spokane County Board of Health, Spokane County will seek a variance that would allow our county to open on a different pace than the rest of the state. The variance request asks the Governor to approve a move to the second phase of the State’s Safe Start Plan immediately.

Phase 2 includes opening retail stores for in-person sales, restaurant with limited capacity seating, new construction, hair stylists and barber shops, house cleaners, and additional manufacturing. Those businesses build on those allowed in phase 1, including landscapers, car sales, and curbside sales at retail locations. In all cases, the plan doesn’t allow business-as-usual, but requires multiple safety measures designed to continue to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The Board of Health took its action last night, unanimously approving a resolution to request the variance after Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz wrote a letter that recommends the Governor consider that request based on a variety of health criteria. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, Council Member Betsy Wilkerson, and Council Member Karen Stratton are members of the Board of Health and voted in favor of the resolution.

This morning, the Board of County Commissioners also unanimously approved a letter supporting the variance, which must be officially submitted to the Washington State Department of Health. The package also includes confirmation from local hospitals certifying their bed capacity for COVID-19 patient and PPE supplies. With these actions, the variance request will move on for consideration by the state.

Mayor Woodward Supports Variance Plan
Mayor Nadine Woodward also has supported the plan to reopen Spokane’s economy at a somewhat different pace than the rest of the state. The Mayor—and other community leaders—has pointed to low case counts, available capacity at Spokane’s hospitals, and ramping up of a system to provide “contact tracing” around people who test positive, among others things, to demonstrate that Spokane is positioned well to move onto the next phase.

The Mayor says she remains hopeful that the Governor will support Spokane’s request for a variance. The request is based on the metrics that the governor has focused on to make decisions for our state.

The Mayor stresses that for reopening to succeed, our citizens and employees have to do their part. Basic hygiene measures, including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick, will be critical. 

Also, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread in Spokane—and really across the state and beyond. You know the information: Stay at least 6 feet from other people, don’t gather in groups, and avoid crowded locations.
Mayor's Update
Monday, May 11, 2020
City Council Recap
Monday, May 11, 2020
Self-haul Services For Clean Green & Recycling at Waste-to-Energy Facility Now Open
With the reopening of landscaping and lawn care services as part of Phase 1 of the “Safe Start Washington” Plan, the City of Spokane is now accepting clean green and recycling from public self-haul customers at its Waste-to-Energy Facility. The household hazardous waste area also will be available to self-haul customers. For complete details visit the City's website.
REMINDER: Mask Use and Care is Key!
It's great to see so many friendly masked faces! Learning to smile with your eyes is a new skill and knowing how to wear and care for your fabric mask is essential in it's effectiveness. Take a couple of minutes to watch this video to make the most out of wearing your mask!

  • Wash your hands for 20 sec before use
  • Fits snug and comfortably across face
  • Machine wash and dry regularly
  • Wash your hands for 20 sec after use

Go to for more about wearing masks.
Spokane C.O.P.S. Volunteers Help Out
Many Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services volunteers traded in their desk time for driver seat time to assist citizens with life-saving needs.
Time to Slow Down By City Parks
With increased foot and bicycle traffic in and near parks, the City is installing 20 mph speed limit signs at 13 parks and park properties, as part of a pilot project advocated by the City Council to see if the signs change behavior. These speed limit changes will be year-round; typically 20 mph speed signs are added at these parks for the summer season only. Visit the the City's website for locations .
Boredom Buster: Maraca Making!
Mrs G. from City of Spokane Parks & Recreation's Corbin Art Center shows us how to turn some plastic spoons, plastic eggs, and beads (or beans or corn kernels) into some jam ready maracas! Great for kids ages 3-7!
On the Bright Side
Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Check out #GarlandArtAlley #TigerKing!
Mural by Daniel Lopez
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.
Make it To-Go!
#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.
Stay in the Know
The Spokane County Emergency Coordination Center has been activated to respond to COVID-19 as a region. For daily updates and official local information follow Spokane COVID Response on Facebook, subscribe to their newsletter and visit
For Spokane County case data, visit
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