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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, if available, for each case:
- case number
- decedent name
- date of death
- location of death
- 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 excel or csv spreadsheet format as an email attachment, if possible. Please feel free to reach me at 630-608-8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Dear Ms. Senese:
In response to your Public Records Act request dated October 29, 2020, requesting all death records dating back to June 23, 2020, Contra Costa Health Services is providing the requested records, except for those that are exempt from disclosure under laws protecting individual's privacy rights, including medical privacy (Gov. Code, 6254(c), (k); Cal. Const., art. I, § 1; 45 C.F.R §164.500 et. seq; Cal. Civ. Code §§ 56.10 et seq.; 17 CCR 2500 et seq.).
I am also providing the link below so you can search aggregate data at the county level through the California Vital Data query system.
Bud De Cesare
Contra Costa Health Services
Thanks so much for your help with this request! We really appreciate it and will be in touch with any questions.