Coronavirus/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Response (UC Davis)

twitter.com/journo_anon filed this request with the University of California, Davis of California.
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From: twitter.com/journo_anon

UC Davis,

NOTE: THE EMAIL ADDRESS SENDING THIS REQUEST IS A PUBLICLY-VIEWABLE MAILBOX. Please be certain you have properly redacted all of your responses. Once you send them to us, there is no going back. All of your responses (including all responsive records) may be instantly and automatically available to the public online via the MuckRock.com FOIA service used to issue this request (though the requester is an anonymous user, not a representative of MuckRock). Nothing herein is legal, IT, or professional advice of any kind. The author disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to all warranties of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall the author be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or any other damages whatsoever. The digital signature, if any, in this email is not an indication of a binding agreement or offer; it merely authenticates the sender. Please do not include any confidential information, as I intend that these communications with the government all be disclosable public records.

Below are new public records requests directed to your agency. Rolling records responses are requested if you are unable to immediately produce records.
Exact copies of every responsive record are requested (Gov Code 6253(b)). Provide only copies of records not requiring fees and in-person inspection of all other records (GC 6253).

1. All communications with CDC or its employees (email, text, or chat) with any of the following insensitive keywords: "coronavirus" "wuhan" "SARS" "COVID" "COVID19" "COVID-19" "SARS-CoV-2" "2019-nCOV" "nCOV" "severe acute respiratory syndrome" "viral pneumonia" "pneumonia of unknown origin" "novel pneumonia" from Nov 14, 2019 to present. For solely this request, any format showing all participants (TO, FROM, CC; and BCC for items sent by govt employees) and preserving the body, attachments and images is sufficient. Start with the most recent and work backwards.

2. All communications to or from the California DPH or its employees (email, text, or chat) with any of the following insensitive keywords: "coronavirus" "wuhan" "SARS" "COVID" "COVID19" "COVID-19" "SARS-CoV-2" "2019-nCOV" "nCOV" "severe acute respiratory syndrome" "viral pneumonia" "pneumonia of unknown origin" "novel pneumonia" from Nov 14, 2019 to present. For solely this request, any format showing all participants (TO, FROM, CC; and BCC for items sent by govt employees) and preserving the body, attachments and images is sufficient.

This information is of the highest public interest.
You may exclude press releases or similar material already published to the general public. If you believe this query would take more than say a week to produce, please provide suggestions to narrow the query to match my purpose, which is: to determine the scope and quality of Federal, state, and local government response to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, most importantly including decisions to test or not to test PUIs or other suspect cases.

Do not destroy or discard any responsive records - we will appeal all withholdings or redactions for reasons other than patient privacy.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Anonymous

From: University of California, Davis

To Whom It May Concern,
Communications between the healthcare provider, local health officials and the CDC are done by telephone so we do not have emails responsive to your request. Requests and test results are entered in patient health records, which as you know are not public records.

Sincerely,
Jana

[CampusCouncil_IPT_blue_background]
Jana Gabby
Legal Operations Manager
Offices of the Chancellor
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8558

From: twitter.com/journo_anon

To confirm, outside of patient health records, you have *no* emails with CDC or CADPH with these keywords? Your responsive is no responsive records?

From: University of California, Davis

Good morning,
We are receiving many requests surrounding COVID-19 and UC Davis' response to this ever changing situation. Our original response to you surrounding communications by phone was regarding communications about the initial incident reported at UC Davis Health. After further review of the timeline you requested (November 2019 to current) we have additional information.

Your request for internal communications related to COVID-19 is overly broad and burdensome as follows:

* Our process of collecting records consists of reaching out to individual records custodians for their records. Such records would need to be collected and reviewed to determine if they contain exempt material (deliberative process, attorney-client privileged work product or communications, etc.), which would be extremely time consuming, taking many months and the burden of collecting the records would fall disproportionately on those individuals currently tasked with managing UCDH's response to COVID-19, meaning that those staff would need to divert time away from their important role(s) of directing precautionary efforts to ensure the well-being of UC community members to search for requested records.

Below are links to the two websites that provide the most current information related to UC Davis' response to COVID-19.

https://www.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/
https://health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/index.html

Sincerely,
Jana

From: twitter.com/journo_anon

Thank you - we appreciate the current strain on resources, and are not concerned with you delaying the search until the termination or expiration of paragraph 1 of Executive Order N-33-20 . However, please do not destroy or fail to retain your COVID-19 public records - these are critically important for the public to know and they cannot be hidden from us.

NOTE: THE EMAIL ADDRESS SENDING THIS REQUEST IS A PUBLICLY-VIEWABLE MAILBOX. Please be certain you have properly redacted all of your responses. Once you send them to us, there is no going back. All of your responses (including all responsive records) may be instantly and automatically available to the public online via the MuckRock.com FOIA service used to issue this request (though the requester is an anonymous user, not a representative of MuckRock). Nothing herein is legal, IT, or professional advice of any kind. The author disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to all warranties of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall the author be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or any other damages whatsoever. The digital signature, if any, in this email is not an indication of a binding agreement or offer; it merely authenticates the sender. Please do not include any confidential information, as I intend that these communications with the government all be disclosable public records.

From: University of California, Davis

Good morning,
Our response delivered on March 20th and again on July 8th stands. We must deny your request as overly broad and burdensome. As we stated in those responses our process of collecting records consists of reaching out to individual records custodians for their records. Such records would need to be collected and reviewed to determine if they contain exempt material (deliberative process, attorney-client privileged work product or communications, etc.), which would be extremely time consuming, taking many months and the burden of collecting the records would fall disproportionately on those individuals currently tasked with managing UCDH's response to COVID-19, meaning that those staff would need to divert time away from their important role(s) of directing precautionary efforts to ensure the well-being of UC community members to search for requested records.

Your request is closed.

Sincerely,
Jana

[CampusCouncil_IPT_blue_background]
Jana Gabby
Legal Operations Manager
Offices of the Chancellor
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8558

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