City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
April 27, 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 .
Mayor's Update
Monday, April 27, 2020
Some Outdoor Recreation to Resume on May 5

Today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee today announced that starting May 5, many state parks, state lands, and boat launches would re-open for day use. Additionally, golf courses would be allowed to re-open, and hunting and fishing seasons would open, as seasonally appropriate, also on May 5. As outdoor recreation reopens, people will still have to observe social-distancing measures. Golfers will have to play in two-somes, not four-somes, unless all four golfers live in the same household. People going boating together should also live in the same household. State camp sites will remain closed for the time being. Recreational fishing on the Pacific Coast will also remain closed.
City Details the $10 Million in Additional Street Maintenance Work
The City of Spokane has identified about 30 additional lane miles of street maintenance work that will be completed in 2020 and 2021 as a result of an additional $10 million in street investment planned to aid the community’s economic recovery. The new projects will double the lane miles that will receive maintenance work during these two years.

Mayor Nadine Woodward noted that the good-paying construction jobs will be critical as we work toward recovery. Plans for the additional investment were announced on April 15, along with the start of the 2020 construction season and its $70 million in public infrastructure construction work.

Additional grind and overlay and chip seal work will be contracted out to the private sector and will complement the work already planned for 2020 and 2021 by the Street Department. Street Department crews expected to complete another 29 miles of grind and overlay projects during those two years. Work is spread throughout the City, improving conditions for all users of the street system.
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Business Resilience Loan Program Now Open
The City of Spokane's Community, Housing, and Human Services Board are investing funds to help small businesses stay resilient in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the Business Resilience Loan Program page .

New Digital Business Tool Launched
Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC), the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (SIMBA) – under the regional InlandBizStrong initiative – launched a digital tool to help businesses determine which local, state and federal programs are available based on information they select for their business.

Regional Financial Helpline Available
As part of the regional effort to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, the City of Spokane is partnering with Spokane Public Library to provide a Financial Helpline for all businesses and individuals countywide trying to access COVID-19 financial recovery programs.
Boredom Buster: DIY Bird Feeder
In today’s boredom buster, Spokane Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Papich and her son Blake show us how, with a few simple ingredients, you can create a DIY bird feeder to bring some cheerful chirping to your yard!
Property Safety
Spokane Police Department has increased patrols around businesses and neighborhoods. You can help too. Report active suspicious activity to 9-1-1. If you discover evidence of a crime, report it to Crime Check at 456-2233. We can all do our part. #StrongerTogether

We are so excited to tell you that we have reached our fundraising goal! Our sincere thanks go out to the citizens who provided donations to assist their neighbors with paying their utility bills.

The partnership was created to help families pay their utility bills as they face challenges during "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that has led to widespread closures of businesses and schools.

For every $1 the public donated to this project up to $50,000, the City of Spokane and Avista each matched it. That meant for every $1 donated, $2 more went to support our community.

Through this program, there is $150,000 for community members to access to help pay for their energy bills and City utility bills for water, sewer, stormwater, and garbage services.

While the matching funds have been exhausted, donations for this effort are always appreciated.

Thank you for supporting our community. Working together, we will be #InlandStrong!.
Those who need utility assistance can contact SNAP at (509) 456-SNAP to request support.

More information on support that’s available for our community members and businesses can be found on the City’s web site.
Virtual Story Time with Spokane Public Library
Now you can have your own personal storytime every morning! Join Spokane Public Library for Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.!
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.
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
On the Bright Side
More signs of community support. The United States Postal Service motto: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of
their appointed rounds. Can we add pandemic to this list? #InlandStrong
Start your week off with a new dish!
#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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