Staying Healthy

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.

Reopening & Staying Safe

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.

Face Coverings are Mandatory

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.

Getting Testing & Other Important Health Measures

As areas reopen, here are some of the important health measures:

  • Health Care System Readiness
  • Testing Capacity & Availability
  • Case & Contact Investigations
  • Ability to Protect High-Risk Populations

The Washington State Department of Health is tracking these measures county-by-county in its online dashboard. Additionally, see the latest Spokane area COVID-19 statistics.

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.

What is COVID-19?

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 #.

Tips for Staying Healthy

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:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Staying home when ill prevents the spread of infections to others.
  • Use good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene in all community settings, including homes, childcare facilities, schools, workplaces and other places where people gather. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and put the used tissue in a waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60-95% alcohol) if you can’t wash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
  • Have contingency plans for your family during school closures. Ask your employer about working from home, not only to prepare for school closures, but also to prevent possible exposure.
  • Support each other, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, and including individuals who have become ill. Show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick.
  • Do you have travel plans? Take time to read the CDC’s guidance on travel (available on SRHD.org) to see how your plans may be affected.

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