COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Global Outbreak

Global Impact

There are hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases and thousands of deaths worldwide from illness caused by the novel coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. On March 12, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Global Pandemic.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus have spread through China’s Hubei Province to some 30 other countries. In the U.S., more than hundreds of cases have been confirmed to date, and health authorities anticipate more cases to develop.

Washington State Impact

  • On February 29, Governor Jay Inslee issued a declaration of emergency for Washington State in order to mobilize resources and maximize the containment of infections. King County issued an emergency declaration on March 2, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan followed with a Proclamation of Emergency. The declarations allow the state, county and city to mobilize resources quickly to contain COVID-19 spread.

  • On March 11, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation restricting gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Such progressive community mitigation is considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions.

  • On March 13, Governor Inslee issued an emergency declaration shutting down all public and private schools in the state until April 24.

  • On March 16, Governor Inslee shut down all restaurants, bars and non-essential businesses. Restaurants and breweries can still offer take-out options.

  • On March 16, Governor Inslee proclaimed there will be no gatherings larger than 50 people in Washington. 

  • Governor Jay Inslee said: “Washingtonians can be assured we’ve taken this threat seriously and have been working in collaboration with our health care partners to develop plans and procedures to prepare for what could likely become a worldwide pandemic.”

  • On March 18, Governor Jay Inslee announces relief for businesses and workers

  • On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issues “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for state of Washington

  • On March 24, Washington State Parks announced "closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25." This includes Riverside State Park and Mount Spokane State Park.

  • On April 2, Governor Jay Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for the state of Washington until May 4.

For confirmed case statistics, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website.

Guidance for Travelers

  • There are currently no domestic travel advisories or restrictions, and no advisories or restrictions to travel to Spokane County or Washington State.

  • The U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control have issued advisories for travel to foreign countries with sizeable COVID-19 outbreaks:

  • Check the Spokane International Airport travel advisory for the latest information.

  • The airport has installed additional hand sanitizers and dispenser stations and regular airport cleanings are using hospital-grade disinfectants. Janitorial contractors have been trained in bio-hazard cleaning in case it’s needed. Cleaning protocols for employee shuttle buses, buses serving the rental car facility, and bigger transport buses that shuttle passengers to and from planes have been stepped up and improved.

Public Health and Traveler Resources​