City of Spokane
Community Update
April 20, 2021

Spokane County COVID-19 Data
Each day, information evolves 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

State of Washington COVID-19 Data
Track information with these interactive dashboards for risk assessment, health data, economic impact and recovery, schools and PPE information.
Spokane County Phase Evaluated May 3
Monday, May 3, Governor Jay Inslee will announce updated Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery information for counties. Status may stay the same, be upgraded or downgraded depending on established metrics.
All Washington Residents Age 16+ Eligible for Vaccine
All Washingtonians age 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The governor and the state Department of Health (DOH) have also prioritized equity issues in each phase to ensure vaccine access to populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including communities of color and low-income communities.
Local Vaccination Distribution Information
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, and have begun to be distributed within the state. Information on the vaccine and its distribution in Washington is found on the DOH web site. More people will become eligible for vaccines over time. Learn more details on the SRHD website.

State COVID-19 Information Hotline
1-800-525-0127 (press #)
  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon.
  • 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Sun. and holidays 
CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published updated interim recommendations for people who have been fully vaccinated. Until more is known and vaccination coverage increases, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, regardless of vaccination status.
Mayor Update
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
City Council Recap
Monday, April 19, 2021
Your City at Work
Change in City Curbside Recycling Schedule
Pink or Blue...which week are you? Starting the first week of May, residential customers will see a change in curbside pickup of recyclables. That’s when the City of Spokane’s Solid Waste Collections Department will switch to every other week collection of recycling. Use our RecycleMap tool to determine when recycling collection will happen at your address.
Mayor's Statement on the Downtown Stadium
Spokane Public Schools has a decision to make that will influence the next 30 years of its operation and shape our community in the process. Supporting the downtown location makes the most sense community, access, and financial sense.
Sprague Avenue Rebuild
Sprague Avenue is closed between Grant and Division Street for construction. This project will reconstruct the roadway while enhancing pedestrian and cyclist safety and provide utility replacements/upgrades.
Partners for Work Virtual Event
Partners for Work, the annual event connecting adults with disabilities to employers is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28. Registered businesses include STCU and Amazon, with more to come! If you are an adult with a disability and would like to participate register now.
In Training - Week Five & Six
What goes into training a new firefighter?
Join 12 Spokane area fire recruits as they make their way through the Spokane Regional Fire Academy, with support from their instructors and other mentors in the fire service. Follow the candidates on their journey.
Vote for Spokane's Next Flag
Voting is open for the final selection of the next Spokane flag. Twelve finalists from over 400 initial submissions and 100 semifinalists were selected by the public. Voting is open to all City of Spokane and Spokane County residents with a Spokane Public Library card, as well as all enrolled Spokane Tribe members regardless of location of residence. The last day to vote is Sunday, May 2.
#Save509 Hospitality Vaccination Days
In collaboration with Spokane Hospitality Coalition and Spokane Regional Health District, all unvaccinated hospitality workers are encouraged to sign up for vaccinations Tuesday, April 20, and Wednesday, April 21 at the Spokane Arena. Share with a friend and sign up for yours at
Fish Lake Trail Connection Survey
City of Spokane will conduct an online public survey to gather feedback on two proposed alignments to connect the Fish Lake Trail to the Centennial Trail. The survey will be available to the public until Friday, April 30.
Happy Earth Week!
Virtual Spring Compost Fair
Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to reduce waste while improving your soil. Discover the benefits of home composting at the annual Spring Compost Fair sponsored by the Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers. You can earn a free compost bin!
Zero Waste Master Class
Want to master living a zero waste lifestyle? How about learning just a few ways to make less waste? Either way, through this new waste reduction class, you’ll be able to learn what it really means to live a “Zero Waste Lifestyle.” Enroll now!
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
Supporting children and families takes a community. Children rely on adults to keep them safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that parents are stretched thin, facing numerous challenges and stressors. A prosperous future depends on raising a healthy, well-adjusted generation to be our community’s next workforce and caregivers—and parents need our support. Spokane Police Department and Spokane Fire Department are joining in the efforts to educate and promote prevention efforts through Project Pinwheel. Find out what you can do to help!
Need Access to Food?
Contact SNAP at (509) 319-3050 or

Need Mental Health Help?
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.
Utility Payment Options

We know that the pandemic has created economic hardship for many of the City’s utility customers. Assistance with monthly City utility bills for water, sewer, and solid waste is available during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Residential property owners as well as tenants can seek direct financial assistance through the City's U-Help program by calling 456-SNAP. Utility Billing can also provide interest-free payment plans for residential customers. More information.

Business owners with an active City of Spokane utility account, may qualify for a small business assistance utility bill deferral. More information.

Late fees and water shutoffs for non-payment have been suspended to assist customers during the pandemic. Donations for this effort are always appreciated.
Spokane Rewards. Spokane Solves. Spokane Gives.
Spokane Gives takes place annually throughout the entire month of April, expanding on the already impressive philanthropy in the community. The goal is to increase giving exponentially by connecting volunteers’ interests, talents and passion to service opportunities in each sector. There's no limit to what an act of service can be, anything from serving on a committee or board, to helping clean up litter along your favorite trail, or organizing a food drive in your workplace.
The City of Spokane is a great place to combine community support with expertise. There are over 30 Boards, Commissions and Committees made up of volunteers who help shape our community. If you have one day a year, or one day a week, there is an opportunity for you. Pick your passion below and get involved!

  • Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Plan Commission
  • Office of Police Ombudsman Commission
  • Salary Review Commission
  • Food Bank Assistance
Spring Dreams: Scavenger Hunt
Spring is here and The Great Spokane County Scavenger Hunt is back! Enjoy another game full of a variety of fun & educational missions for this virtual scavenger hunt. Get outside with family, friends, or take on the challenge by yourself! Join the game.
On the Bright Side
“In the Neighborhood” is a project created by Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook and Spokane Arts to collect and share poetry exploring Spokane neighborhoods. Written by area residents past and present, of all ages and experience levels, the poems each showcase unique perspectives on our city. View all the poems and submit your own at
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