Spokane Elected Officials Declare Their Support For Stay-At-Home Order

Mar 23, 2020

Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns was one of several elected officials who declared their support for the governor's stay-at-home order.
Credit Spokane COVID Response

Spokane elected officials say they support Governor Jay Inslee's decision to require Washington residents to stay at home as much as possible.

Inslee issued a stay-at-home order Monday evening, requiring people to hunker down at home for at least the next two weeks.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown also issued a similar order earlier in the day.

After the Washington governor’s address, several elected leaders in Spokane County and Health Officer Bob Lutz held a short media briefing to share their support for the governor’s message. But, even though Inslee is telling people to stay home, Lutz urged people to continue finding ways to get out of the house.

“Activities that allow you to continue to stay healthy, being active. Again, those are the things that we are going to continue to encourage you to do. That means going for a walk, walking your dog, going for a run, riding, and playing with family in your yard. Maybe not in the park or around others," Lutz said. "Our community can spread this disease, but it requires us to work together. Social distancing is the best way by which we can prevent the spread of illness in our community.”

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich encouraged people to go back to their normal shopping patterns and avoid hoard buying.

Washington has crossed the two thousand mark in confirmed coronavirus cases.

The Department of Health reports Washington has 2,221 cases, 29 of those in Spokane County.