Medical Examiner Data: Colorado

Tristan Ahtone filed this request with the Department of Public Health and Environment of Colorado.
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From: Tristan Ahtone


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

We are requesting death records dating January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021, for Montezuma county with the following information for each case:

- case number
- decedent name
- date of death
- location of death
- race
- ethnicity
- age
- gender
- occupation/industry
- whether injury/infection occurred at work
- incident location (street address, city, state, ZIP where injury/infection occurred)
- incident date
- decedent residence (street address, city, state, ZIP)
- cause(s) of death (indicating if COVID related)
- contributing factors
- any other accessible, non-exempt information contained in electronic case records

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tristan Ahtone

From:

THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS AND THERE WILL BE DELAYS IN RESPONDING.

If you have submitted a request for records, please note that your request has been received and will be processed. Due to unique circumstances, responses may be delayed as the Department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. § 24-72-203(3)(b)(II)(A), C.R.S.

Email received after 5 p.m. or any day the office is officially closed will be considered received at 8 a.m. on the following working day. The Department will be closed on January 18, February 15, May 31, July 5, September 6, October 4, November 11, November 25, December 24, and December 31, 2021.

If you are inquiring about the Governor's Executive Orders or Public Health Orders pertaining to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-orders.

Thank you.

From: Department of Public Health and Environment

Good afternoon,

The Department is responding to your request pertaining to: death records
dating January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021, for Montezuma county with the
following information for each case:

- case number
- decedent name
- date of death
- location of death
- race
- ethnicity
- age
- gender
- occupation/industry
- whether injury/infection occurred at work
- incident location (street address, city, state, ZIP where
injury/infection occurred)
- incident date
- decedent residence (street address, city, state, ZIP)
- cause(s) of death (indicating if COVID related)
- contributing factors
- any other accessible, non-exempt information contained in electronic case
records

Certificates of death are a vital statistics record pursuant to § 25-2-117,
C.R.S., which states, “vital statistics records shall be treated as
confidential, but the department of public health and environment shall,
upon request, furnish to any applicant having a direct and tangible
interest in a vital statistics record a certified copy of any record
registered under the provisions of this article.”

Additionally, Colorado Board of Health regulations (5 CCR 1006-1) also
state, "The State Registrar or other custodians of vital records shall not
permit inspection of, or disclose information contained in, vital
statistics records, or copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such
record unless he is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible
interest in such record." Those with a direct and tangible interest in
Colorado death certificates (in whole or part) are outlined further on the
vital records website.

The data you have requested is confidential pursuant to Section 25-2-117,
C.R.S. and 5 CCR 1006-1, therefore the Department is not able to provide
the specific data you have requested. We have copied our vital statistics
team here, to assist with providing aggregate data that is responsive to
your request.

Thank you,
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*CDPHE Records Liaison*

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
cdphe.recordsrequests@state.co.us | colorado.gov/cdphe
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