City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
March 30, 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 .
Property Tax Extension
Treasurer Baumgartner announced that effective Monday, March 30th that he would exercise his authority during a state of emergency found in RCW 84.56.020(10) to grant an extension of the first half property tax deadline. The first half 2020 property tax payment deadline in Spokane County will be extended from April 30th to June 15th. For specific details visit the Spokane County website .
Stay Home, Stay Safe for Those Experiencing Homelessness
A temporary shelter to create social distancing during this health emergency for those experiencing homelessness opened Monday afternoon at the closed downtown Spokane Public Library. 

The temporary space at the downtown library adds physical capacity to the system to accommodate social distancing for those currently using a shelter. The downtown library is currently closed for planned renovation. 

“Our mission to move people out of homelessness continues during this health emergency,” Mayor Nadine Woodward said. “We all have a part to play in slowing the spread of illness and protecting public health. Expanding the physical system capacity gives everyone a stay-home-to-stay-safe option, keeps those experiencing homelessness connected to services, and makes it easier for them to access a physician, screening, and testing should any of those steps become necessary.”

A statewide “stay-home-to-stay-safe” order remains in effect. The order directs citizens to only go out to work at essential businesses and to meet necessary food, household, and healthcare needs.

Shower space was added to the downtown library space as part of the temporary conversion to a shelter during this health emergency. The space was desirable because it was available to be re-purposed quickly, had a large open space and restrooms, and is not currently shared by healthy populations or services. 

The cost of renovations are being covered by $1.47 million in grant money distributed by the state Department of Commerce for use in Spokane County. Additional temporary sites are being evaluated should there be a need for further space expansion.
Lookout for Coronavirus Scams
Unfortunately, during emergency situations there are people who look to capitalize on our fears, eagerness for information and assistance. You may already be experiencing an increased level of robo-calls, emails, social media messages, fundraising efforts and even door to door visitors. Additionally, online shopping and services can be a target. Most everyone is out of their routine and this is when scammers make their move. Be extra diligent and cautious! For tips on how to avoid them and the latest Coronavirus scam information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website .
Small Business Resources
The region is working hard to mobilize relief and resources for small local businesses. For up to date information and a list of resources visit the City of Spokane's Small Business Resources page.
Mayor's Update
March 30, 2020
On the Bright Side

Community volunteer Mike Phalen went above and beyond to support those experiencing homelessness. He donated all of the bedding linens for the Spokane Public Library downtown location. THANK YOU Mike!

A great example of #InlandStrong!
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 and
For Spokane County case data, visit
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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