City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
May 22, 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 .
Spokane County Approved for Phase 2
Spokane Regional Health District today announced Spokane County is now in Phase 2 of the Safe Start reopening plan. Regional leaders updated the submitted variance proposal with current criteria Wednesday. Mayor Woodward and regional leaders comments about Spokane County's Phase 2 authorization can be viewed at this Facebook video link .

What Does Safe Start Phase 2 Look Like?
Governor Inslee has extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and provided a phased “Safe Start” approach for resuming recreational, social and business activities. Learn more about Phase 2 for businesses here . Please continue to do your part to help businesses stay open safely by following current guidance in order to maintain progress. How do you feel about reopening? #InlandBizStrong wants to know in this survey
Why Wearing a Mask Matters
On May 20, Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer, Dr. Bob Lutz, issued a directive about the use of cloth face coverings to maintain the public’s health. Spokane County residents at indoor or confined public settings are strongly recommended to wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths in situations where they are not able to maintain six feet distance from other people who do not live in their same household. Check out this information and video from Florida Atlantic University about what happens when we sneeze.
Keep Washing Your Hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Attention Businesses: Flush Your Pipes!
The City of Spokane Water Department is asking businesses to flush their internal plumbing systems to ensure a fresh water supply, prior to reopening under the Safe Start Washington plan. Unused water that has been sitting in pipes for extended periods may appear cloudy or have an unpleasant taste or odor. Depending on the building and its plumbing, health risks like bacteria or other hazards also can occur. Call the City's Water Department at 625-7800 with any questions.
Weekend Outdoor Recreation
Looking to enjoy our incredible Spokane parks and trails this extended weekend? You're not alone! This set of # RecreateResponsibly guidelines will help us protect ourselves, others, and places we love when we adventure outside. They also help us prepare for any situation, such as an overly-crowded trailhead or lack of available restroom facilities. Visit the City's Park Finder for information about how to explore our 4,000 acres of parks and natural areas.
Your City at Work
Parks & Recreation staff from across all departments jumped in to help plant 30,000 annuals at Duncan Garden in Manito Park. Plants were grown on site or purchased prior to COVID-19, and Parks staff wanted to ensure the garden was beautiful for the community’s enjoyment during these difficult times. Teams from Recreation, Riverfront Park, administration, and of course Park Operations rolled up their sleeves to join in the effort. Spokanites can look forward to a flower-filled Duncan Garden from now into September with peak bloom times in July and August. We hope you’ll add it to your list of places to visit!
Boredom Buster: River Falls Viewing
The Spokane River is showing off. Spring runoff, combined with recent rainy weather, has enhanced river flows, and the falls in the downtown are roaring. Views from Huntington Park and other great spots along the river are at their best right now. The new open plaza is just one more way our community has to enjoy our downtown and our river as we move toward greater reopening of retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses. We are looking forward to even more steps in this direction!
On the Bright Side
SPD Ofc. Blankenstein found this old guy in the middle of the road Wednesday in the dark, in the pouring rain. He was cold, very wet, no tags and invisible to cars. He spent the night at the K-9 kennels, was dried off, fed and made himself right at home!

Thursday morning the K-9 Unit received a message from a friend of “Amos's" owner, and were able to get them reunited. "I thought Amos liked us, until I saw how happy he was to be home! This community rocks!"

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.
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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