City of Spokane
Community Update
April 13, 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 Remains in Phase 3
Monday, April 12 Governor Jay Inslee announced updated Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery information for counties. The next evaluation date will be Monday, May 3 to determine if Spokane County will be upgraded or downgraded depending on established metrics.
All Washington Residents Age 16+ Eligible for Vaccine Thursday, April 15
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up will be 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. The expansion of eligibility comes, in part, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the state. 
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 13, 2021
City Council Recap
Monday, April 12, 2021
Your City at Work
Creating Housing Opportunities
Locally and nationally, housing needs are some of the most discussed topics. The City maintains community partnerships, invites planning discussions for smart growth and facilitates projects like the Housing Action Plan because they are key to the future of housing affordability and options.
Apartment Living Fire Safety
Do you live in or run an apartment complex? Check out Spokane Fire Department's Apartment Safety Tips. Reach out to the Community Risk Reduction Team for more information.
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.
Spokane Public Library Locations Open
You can now visit Spokane Public Library during regular hours for Grab N' Go browsing and computer access! Stop by without a reservation to check out your next favorite read. We will also continue to offer curbside pickup at this time.
Traffic Calming Program Update
The neighborhood Traffic Calming program is shifting and changing to be more suitable for anyone who wants to improve the safety in their neighborhood. Now, neighborhood councils can submit issues they have identified, and rely on traffic engineers to conduct analysis and return to the neighborhoods with the improvements which fall within engineering standards that could be applied to the issues. 
Vote for Spokane's Next Flag
The Spokane Flag Commission is excited to announce that voting is now 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.
Water Main Break Update
As crews finish repair work and prepare the site for paving where a water main break occurred near Grand Boulevard and 18th Avenue. Paving is expected as soon as Friday. The street will reopen after paving is complete. Motorists should use the signed detours and anticipate delays.
Spokane Parks Windstorm Restoration Project
City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is working with The Lands Council to mitigate damage to our urban tree canopy caused by the windstorm on January 13. The Urban Forestry team of the Parks division created a restoration plan in alignment with the SpoCanopy initiative.
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!
Self-Employed Survey
Calling all self-employed workers (business owners, independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers, sole proprietors) in WA State! Student researchers at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance are conducting research to understand how self-employed workers learn about state programs. The survey findings will be used to make recommendations to the Employment Security Department for ways the agency can increase awareness of two new state programs available to self-employed workers: Paid Family Medical Leave and Long-Term Services and Supports
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: Lawn Bowling Lessons
Learn the sport of kings! Lawn bowling is a fun game that has been around for thousands of years, and you can play it right here on Spokane's hidden-gem bowling green. Discover your new favorite life-long sport and sign up today! Lessons start May 1.
On the Bright Side
Birds are out and ready for spring! This beautiful mural with birds by Tom Quinn at Northwest Seed & Pet is the latest addition to #MuralMonday.
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