Resource Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Resource Bulletin Board. This page is where we post community events and resources in the Tacoma and Puget Sound Area that may be of benefit to everyone.  

 

 

New coronavirus in Washington

Novel coronavirus is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019 when it emerged in Wuhan, China. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people to avoid nonessential travel to China. Travel guidance will continue to change as the situation changes. You can check the CDC’s travel advisory at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

 

The Washington Department of Health last week identified the first case of novel coronavirus in the United States in a resident of Snohomish County who traveled to Wuhan, China. A small number of cases have since been identified in locations around the country.

 

We have attached a basic fact sheet in English on novel coronavirus for you to download and share. Translations are available in Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Spanish on our website: www.kingcounty.gov/ncov. We will update this webpage with new information and translations as soon as they are available. We have also published several blogs with answers to questions about this new virus and current exposure risk in King County.

 

The global outbreak is evolving and the situation is expected to change; we will update you with information as soon as we have it.

 

Thank you,

Hannah French

Public Health – Seattle King County

 

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.