City of Spokane
Community Update
May 18, 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
Governor Jay Inslee announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective today, May 18 until Wednesday, June 30.
All Washington Residents Age 12+ Eligible for Vaccine
All Washingtonians age 12 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 website. 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, May 18, 2021
City Council Recap
Monday, May 17, 2021
Your City at Work
Making Room in Big Blue
Now that the City of Spokane has gone to picking up your recycling cart every other week, you might be worried about everything fitting. Here are some tips on how to make more room in your recycling cart! If you still need a larger cart, call 311 to request a 96-gallon cart. Upsizing your cart is free.
North Bank Grand Opening
Join us Friday, May 21, for the grand opening of Riverfront Spokane's North Bank! The North Bank features an Ice Age Floods-themed Playground, Skate and Wheels Park, Hooptown USA Basketball Courts, and Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder.
MultiCare Drop-In COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Friday, May 21, 3 – 7 p.m.
Riverfront Park’s new North Bank
The clinic will be part of the grand opening festivities, kicking off at noon. Those receiving vaccinations will also receive a free skate rental at the Numerica Skate Ribbon.
For-Hire Licensing Going Virtual
You will soon be able to apply or renew your for-hire driver, for-hire operator, and for-hire vehicle license and pay the registration fee all online. We are excited to provide a convenient and faster process for our customers. Learn more on our website.
Walmart Pharmacy Walk-In Vaccination Appointments
Vaccines are being administered at Walmart Pharmacies via both walk-up and scheduled appointments, providing a convenient option for customers to get protected against COVID-19. Pharmacy locations and vaccination appointments can be found online.
In Training - Week Nine & Ten
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.
2021 Summer Camps
There's no excuse for boredom this summer! Art, science, sports, outdoor adventures, horseback riding, and even video production camps are on the menu this year. Plus, adaptive camps just for those with disabilities. It's all in our 2021 Summer Camps Guide!
Façade Improvement Grant
Spokane Historic Preservation's Façade Improvement Grant program is back! Selected applicants will receive grants of up to $5,000 in matching funds for the rehabilitation of historic façades. Applications are due Tuesday,
June 15.
Gonzaga Leadership Studies is coming to your Neighborhood Council
The City of Spokane in partnership with Gonzaga University’s School of Leadership Studies is conducting a needs assessment regarding community engagement and involvement in the neighborhood council program. We are asking for all citizens to complete this short survey and provide valuable feedback to help us develop a training program to address gaps. Please complete by Tuesday, May 25.
Climate Change Saturdays
This free community event is designed to educate and highlight climate change and local connections. Learn about global warming and its local impacts and initiatives from community partners. With activities and information like; composting, the carbon cycle, food cycles and food waste, creek and river water testing just to name a few!
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.
Spring Dreams: SpokaneScape
SpokaneScape is a water-efficient landscape that has been designed specifically for Spokane residents; its focus is on the replacement of lawn with low-volume irrigation and drought tolerant plant material. You can earn up to a $500 credit towards your water bill after removing your lawn and replacing it with water-wise plants and mulch.
On the Bright Side
First responders from the Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, and American Medical Response hosted an appreciation parade to thank healthcare workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center, MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Spokane Regional Health District, Holy Family Hospital, and Spokane VA Medical Center!
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We are here to help! Simply dial 311 or if outside City limits: 509.755.CITY(2489).