MN COVID-19 wastewater surveillance

Betsy Ladyzhets filed this request with the Minnesota Department of Health of Minnesota.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Betsy Ladyzhets

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Any applications and/or related documents submitted by the Minnesota Department of Health to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) for funding to conduct COVID-19 surveillance in Minnesota wastewater/sewersheds.

2) For all sewersheds/wastewater treatment plants that are conducting COVID-19 surveillance in the state, all documentation that describes the endpoint of that information, e.g. a database, and all documentation about the layout of the database’s tables and fields, and that provides the definitions of any field names, codes, and abbreviations used in the database.

The Documenting COVID-19 project, housed at MuckRock, is a nonprofit organization working on behalf of news organizations, academics and other public bodies to provide clear, timely information for public dissemination. We have recently published our findings in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

This information is in the public interest as COVID-19 remains a threat to public health. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than the required amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested 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 10 business days.


Betsy Ladyzhets

From: Minnesota Department of Health

Dear Ms. Ladyzhets:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your attached data request. It has been assigned # 22-099. Please use this number in any future correspondence regarding this request.

Your request will be forwarded to the relevant divisions or staff to determine whether the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) has data responsive to your request. We will be in touch once we know more to discuss next steps.

Please be aware that response times are currently being impacted by the need to prioritize work related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the redeployment of MDH staff outside their normal roles to support the response to COVID.

Any future communications or inquiries about your request should be directed to<>.

Thank you.

MN Dept. of Health Data Practice Requests Team

From: Betsy Ladyzhets


Thank you for the update on my request! Please let me know if you have any questions or require any additional information from me. In addition to this email, you can reach me at 860-805-4995.


From: Minnesota Department of Health

Thank you for your inquiry. Please be aware that MDH has been receiving unusually large number of requests. Several requests are currently ahead of yours in the queue.

Feel free to contact us in a few weeks for a status update.
Best Regards,
MDH Data Practices Team