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.

The governor's office has translated information on COVID-19 into a variety of languages.

Social Distancing

Social distancing measures limit interaction between people to help to slow the spread of disease. On April 2, Washington Governor Jay Inslee extended the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to May 4. The order originally was released on March 23 and prohibits all gatherings and closes all non-essential businesses.

Essential businesses and workers include grocery stores, pharmacies, utilities, restaurants (for take-out and delivery only), Citizens can get an understanding of what's considered essential by taking a look at the governor's list.

The City has made significant changes in how it operates to comply with the governor's order, while still continuing to serve our citizens. Here's a list of what's changed and how.

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 more than 100 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. If you have, symptoms use this screening tool to determine if you need to be screened or tested for coronavirus.

For testing instructions visit Spokane Regional Health District's web site.

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.