Our community—and our entire state—is working together to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play.
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.
Spokane County was authorized to move forward into Phase 2 on May 22, after seeking a variance to move to phase 2 early based on guidance for larger counties released by the Governor. That guidance allows counties that have had less than 10 new cases per 100,000 population over two weeks to seek the variance. Ten counties have the possibility of seeking that variance. Meanwhile, 10 smaller counties were authorized to move ahead into the second phase of the plan earlier.
Under the Safe Start Washington plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Social distancing, effective cleaning, and good personal hygiene remain critical in all phases.
Each phase will be at least three weeks, and data and metrics will be used to determine when the state or individual can move from one phase to another. The state currently is in phase 1 of that plan, with phase 2 anticipated on June 1. See the plan and metrics used to evaluate status. Guidance on requirements to enter Phase 3 hasn't been developed yet.
Guidance is being established for various industries as they prepare to open for more traditional ways of doing business. See the industry by industry guidance as well as more details of 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.
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. Here is the latest information on who should be tested.
Testing is available in a variety of locations, including a dedicated site at the Spokane County Fairgrounds that is run by the National Guard. Information on this test site and others is found on the Spokane Regional Health District's web site.
Spokane County Health Director Bob Lutz issued a health directive requiring the use of cloth face coverings to maintain the public's health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, as businesses begin to reopen.
Spokane County residents at indoor or confined public settings are strongly recommended to wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths in situations where they are not able to maintain six feet distance from other people who do not live in their same household.
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: