We are #InlandStrong.
That's one of the messages from local leaders who are expanding Washington Governor Jay Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
Eight state and local officials including Spokane mayor Nadine Woodward and Spokane's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bob Lutz spoke during at a press conference on Tuesday morning to update us with the latest local information on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dr. Lutz says there are 33 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spokane County and he expects that number to rise. He believes social distancing and hand washing can slow down the spread. Lutz asked residents:
"be kind, be compassionate, stay home, stay healthy, and save a life."
Mayor Woodward says Spokane Public Schools has added three different meal sites. The Downtown Public Library will be changing the first floor of into a makeshift homeless shelter until at least the middle of May and Spokane is looking at the county fairgrounds as a possible isolation/quarantine site.
Resident are being asked to continue to support local restaurants and take advantage of their to-go options. Here is a list of places offering takeout and delivery.
If you are concerned about a business operating when it shouldn't or a crowd of people, you're asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Any information you need about the local response to the coronavirus can be found at SpokaneCovidResponse.org.