Request for death records

Kyra Senese filed this request with the Office of the Sheriff - Contra Costa County of Contra Costa County, CA.
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From: Kyra Senese

To whom it may concern:

This is a request pursuant to the California Public Records Act. We are requesting all death records dating back to June 23, 2020, to the date this request is ultimately fulfilled, 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, with complete MOD and COD fields (indicating if COVID related)
- contributing factors
- any other non-exempt information contained in case records

This request is part of an ongoing collaboration involving the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, the MuckRock Foundation and partner newsrooms across the country. This request is part of a news-gathering process and is intended for educational, not commercial use.

We request expedited processing to the extent possible. This information is critical to the public’s understanding of the coronavirus pandemic and its local impact on public health. Let us know if we can help clarify this request in any way. Please also consider waiving any fees for producing the requested records.

Please provide the data in spreadsheet format as an e-mail attachment.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. We look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Kyra Senese
Brown Institute for Media Innovation

From: Office of the Sheriff - Contra Costa County

Ms. Senese,

Please see the attached documents in response to your request.


Carlye Slover
Sheriff’s Specialist
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Professional Standards Division
1850 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553