Untitled (Allegan County Health Department)

Nathan Payne filed this request with the Allegan County Health Department of Allegan County, MI.
Multi Request Untitled


From: Nathan Payne

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Please send data reporting numbers of deaths from COVID-19 and/or complications associated with COVID-19, between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, of residents of facilities which are licensed by Michigan Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to care for 12 residents or fewer.
This includes deaths among residents of Adult Family Homes with capacity of 1-6, Adult Medium Group Home with capacity 7-12, Adult Small Group Home with capacity of 1-6, and other Adult Foster Care home licensed to care for 12 residents or fewer.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Nathan Payne

From: Open Records

Dear Nathan Payne,
Muckrock News Dept MR 110423:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and follow-up; see attached for reference.

Your request is denied because no specific public records exist in the Allegan County Health Department. Under MCL 15.233(4) "this act does not require a public body to make a compilation, summary, or report of information . . ."

If you have questions regarding this denial, please contact the County Administrator, Robert Sarro at (269) 673-0239.

Notice of Requestor's Right to Appeal or Seek Judicial Review
You are entitled under Section 10 of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.240, to appeal this denial to the County Board or to commence an action in the circuit court to compel disclosure of the requested records if you believe they were wrongfully withheld from disclosure. If, after judicial review, the court determines that the County has not complied with the FOIA in making this denial and orders disclosure of all or a portion of a public record, you have the right to receive attorney fees and damages as provided in MCL 15.240.


Erin Stender
Deputy County FOIA Coordinator
Allegan County Administration
3283 122nd Avenue
Allegan, MI 49010