City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
March 23, 2020

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.
Governor Announces Statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
Today Governor Jay Inslee takes additional action to increase social distancing efforts in his public address. He will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order begins March 25; will last for two weeks and could be extended. Specific information about who this affects will be announced Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
Stay in the Know
The Spokane County Emergency Coordination Center has been activated to respond to COVID-19. For daily updates and official local information follow Spokane COVID Response on Facebook and
Mental Health During a Pandemic
If you are feeling helpless and worried, you are not alone. The Washington State Department of Health has these tips for managing stress during this unprecedented event. #MentalHealthMonday

  • Connect! It’s our relationships that will see us through this. Find a way to invest in those important relationships from at least 6 feet away. Skype, Facetime, Zoom or just talk on the phone. Video chatting is fun! You feel like a techno-wiz and you can see your friend and their pets and kids and make each other smile!
  • Take care of yourself. The old fashioned way — with nourishing foods, lots of sleep, deep breaths, and exercise. Exercise is especially good for your mental health. Unplug from social media.
  • Focus on anything else. Clean, cook, garden, sing, play games, create, read, write. Do whatever it takes to allow your mind to focus on the parts of your life that bring you energy and joy!
  • Know when to call for help. If you continue to feel overwhelmed and struggle to get through the day, call your health care provider, therapist or mental health provider and set up a telemedicine appointment.
Do-it-Yourself Disinfectant Spray
How to safely make a household cleaner with City leaders.
On the Bright Side
In times like these it's important to notice the good things. We want to share the moments along the way that help tell the story of Spokane's strength in community. This was a nice story from one of our community centers when we checked in with them this week:

Before Spokane Public Schools closed to students on March 17, kids from Sheridan Elementary made ‘Thank You’ cards for the custodians and nurses in the school district. The kids wanted to let the custodians and nurses know they appreciated all their hard work to keep students safe and healthy during this public health crisis.

A great example of #InlandStrong!
FREE 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core will allow citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out this list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery options.
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