City of Spokane
Community Update
March 9, 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.
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 non-health care setting 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.
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. DOH released an estimated vaccine phases timeline the first week of January. 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 
Hotline specialists can answer questions on a variety of COVID-19 topics, including symptoms and testing, exposure to the virus, recommended isolation and quarantine periods, and WA Notify notification app.
Mayor Update
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
City Council Recap
Monday, March 8, 2021
Your City at Work
SPD Releases Disparity Study
Spokane Police Department commissions a data driven report on SPD interactions with community members looking at demographics such as gender, age, and race. The detailed, 300 page report is a comprehensive analysis of police contacts focusing on SPD data.
Mayor Appoints Feist to Public Works Director
Mayor Nadine Woodward announced today that she has appointed Marlene Feist as the Public Works Director, succeeding Scott Simmons who is leaving the City to become the chief executive for Spokane County. Feist currently serves as the Strategic Development Director for Public Works. She will move into the division director position on April 1 and become the first woman in that role. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council.
Green Bin Collection is Back!
The City of Spokane has resumed curbside yard and food waste pickup. The optional service runs from March through November. Customers may not have a lot of yard waste right now, but they can use the green carts to dispose of food scraps and food-soiled paper. Yard waste that can be placed in the carts includes grass, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, and small branches.
Change to Recycling Schedule Coming in May
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. This change will manage escalating costs for the recycling program without charging customers more.
Women in Fire
We are honored to spotlight SFD's Fire Equipment Operator Bridget Blackmore. FEO Blackmore's commitment to the mission of SFD is demonstrated daily in her work both in station and in her personal life as a role model to her daughter.
Spokane Downtown Plan Update
The City and Downtown Spokane Partnership have been meeting with stakeholders and engaging with the community about the next decade of downtown. It's time to weigh-in on the drafted Spokane Downtown Plan Update! You're invited to give feedback and can:

You're Invited!
Mayor Nadine Woodward will present the annual State of the City Wednesday, March 17 at 12 p.m. Join us as she shares what has shaped and guided everything we have done over the past year and our community will do as we move forward. You can register online or watch it live on the City's Facebook page.
United Way Offers Free Tax Help
Do you need assistance with completing your 2020 tax documents? Free tax preparation is available with Spokane County United Way.
Public Transportation Survey
STA is planning for changes that would take place in May of 2022 and wants your feedback. This includes STA’s first bus rapid transit line, City Line, and improving routes and frequency to Hillyard/Northeast Spokane. Changes to routes that connect to the City Line corridor and other route revisions to improve system performance are also proposed. Take the survey today!
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.
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
  • School Program Tech Help
Spring Dreams: Parks Activity Guide is Out
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Spokane Parks and Recreation's great programs inside and outdoors this season! Check out the Spring Activity Guide to join a sports league, explore your creative side with an art or writing class, find your center with virtual yoga, or get outdoors with a guided trip. We also have exceptional adaptive programs for those with disabilities.
On the Bright Side
Spokane Arts is seeking designs created by current area high school students to cover traffic signal boxes throughout the city of Spokane as part of an on-going partnership with STCU, Spokane Arts, and the city of Spokane. Open to all current high school students in our area, the deadline is Sunday, March 14. Up to 10 artists will be chosen for this round of art wraps. Selected artists will be awarded $150 per box design.
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