Our community—and our entire state—is working together to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play as we work to reopen our businesses and facilities.
The governor's office has translated information on COVID-19 into a variety of languages.
The state of Washington is gradually starting to reopen under Washington Governor Jay Inslee's "Safe Start Washington" Plan, a county-by-county reopening plan.
Under the Safe Start Washington plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate physical distancing measures and health standards in place. Physical distancing, effective cleaning, and good personal hygiene remain critical in all phases. And wearing face coverings is now required in public in the state, regardless of the opening phase in a county.
Spokane is in Phase 2 of the plan. Spokane County was authorized to move forward into Phase 2 on May 22, after seeking a variance to move to phase 2.
The timeline for Spokane to move to Phase 3 of the plan is uncertain at this time. Spokane has seen an increase in cases since its move to Phase 2.
Data and metrics will be used to determine when counties can move from one phase to another. Counties across the state are in various phases of the plan. See the plan and metrics used to evaluate status.
Guidance is being established for various industries as they prepare to open for more traditional ways of doing business. See industry guidance on reopening. And, find more details on the opening plan.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to adhere to guidance provided by the state and health officials, the City has changed how it delivers many services. These changes will evolve over time as the state reopens for business.
Effective June 26, face coverings are required to be worn in public in the state of Washington. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces. The face covering order was made by Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman, as cases have risen across the state including in Spokane.
Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recent models suggest that the incidence of COVID-19 cases can be reduced if the majority of the population are wearing masks.
As areas reopen, here are some of the important health measures:
For a successful reopening for Spokane, more people need to be tested. Testing is now more available to our citizens. Testing is available in a variety of locations. Information on testing sites and who should be tested is found on the Spokane Regional Health District's web site.
By now, you know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts say the virus can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some patients. Slowing the spread of the disease allows the health care system to better handle the community's needs. We have dozens of confirmed cases in Spokane, and thousands of cases statewide.
The City is collaborating with Spokane Regional Health District to provide information on the disease's symptoms and how it is spread. Symptoms may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The Health District is updating its web site frequently with the most recent information from the state Department of Health and federal Centers for Disease Control to make sure citizens have access to current and accurate information.
If you want to talk to someone about medical information, we would suggest you call the Washington State Department of Health's hotline at 1-800-525-0127. Press #.
Spokane's citizens and visitors can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, along with other similar diseases like colds and flu. Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (PDF 164 KB).
The Spokane Regional Health District encourages people to take the following steps to stay healthy: