Communications regarding N95s and discussion of airborne coronavirus (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

ALEXANDER RICCIO filed this request with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of New York City, NY.
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2021FR02756

Multi Request Communications regarding N95s and discussion of airborne coronavirus
Due Nov. 4, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: ALEXANDER RICCIO

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

I request internal deliberations, memos, and/or emails regarding or mentioning:

The use of N95s and/or elastomeric respirators by healthcare workers in New York, non-medical workers in New York, and/or the general public of New York. I recommend search terms like "N95", "P100", "OV/P100", "elastomeric", "respirator", and all plurals thereof.

I also request records of discussions, memos, or emails, over whether to include any such N95s and/or respirators in regulations, orders, public guidelines, or information distributed to the public.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails which mention "aerosols", aerosol spread, "airborne", or airborne spread of the coronavirus. Also to include, discussions, debate, or decisions, regarding any uncertainty or controversy over the routes of coronavirus contagion, be it droplet, fomite, or airborne.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails mentioning a "risk analysis" for exposure of the public to coronavirus.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails regarding the spread of coronavirus at distances greater than 6 feet, or when no other individual is present.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails regarding coronavirus contact tracing that involve distances greater than 6 feet, or close contact times less than 15 minutes.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails of the role of ventilation and/or filtration in coronavirus mitigations. Also to include in search terms, "ionizer"/"ionizers", "CO2", and "carbon dioxide".

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails about the "precautionary principle".

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

ALEXANDER RICCIO

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Request Title: Communications regarding N95s and discussion of airborne coronavirus (Department of Health

Request Description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

I request internal deliberations, memos, and/or emails regarding or mentioning:

The use of N95s and/or elastomeric respirators by healthcare workers in New York, non-medical workers in New York, and/or the general public of New York. I recommend search terms like "N95", "P100", "OV/P100", "elastomeric", "respirator", and all plurals thereof.

I also request records of discussions, memos, or emails, over whether to include any such N95s and/or respirators in regulations, orders, public guidelines, or information distributed to the public.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails which mention "aerosols", aerosol spread, "airborne", or airborne spread of the coronavirus. Also to include, discussions, debate, or decisions, regarding any uncertainty or controversy over the routes of coronavirus contagion, be it droplet, fomite, or airborne.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails mentioning a "risk analysis" for exposure of the public to coronavirus.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails regarding the spread of coronavirus at distances greater than 6 feet, or when no other individual is present.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails regarding coronavirus contact tracing that involve distances greater than 6 feet, or close contact times less than 15 minutes.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails of the role of ventilation and/or filtration in coronavirus mitigations. Also to include in search terms, "ionizer"/"ionizers", "CO2", and "carbon dioxide".

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails about the "precautionary principle".

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

ALEXANDER RICCIO

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From: ALEXANDER RICCIO

NYSDOH has requested fixes. Let me know if this request needs fixes before fulfilling. I will be happy to amend.

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dear Mr. Riccio:

I apologize for the delay. I have conducted a preliminary search using the terms you have provided below, and it returned over 2.5 million hits. Please narrow the scope of your request so that the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene can locate records responsive to your request.
Thanks,

Bernadette O'Donnell
Records Access Officer / Agency Attorney
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th St., CN 14-29
Long Island City, NY 11101

From: ALEXANDER RICCIO

If you narrow the search to only records since December 1, 2019, does it reduce the number of records significantly?

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Narrowing the search to records from 12.1.19 to the present still results in 1.6 million hits. Please let me know if you can further amend the search or if you would like me to provide you with a formal denial with your appeal rights.
Thanks,
Bernadette

From: ALEXANDER RICCIO

Ok, don't close this yet, this isn't a full time job for me 😉

I'll evaluate my options and try and get back shortly.

From: ALEXANDER RICCIO

If I request to further narrow the search to only:

The use of N95s and/or elastomeric respirators by healthcare workers in New York, non-medical workers in New York, and/or the general public of New York. I recommend search terms like "N95", "P100", "OV/P100", "elastomeric", "respirator", and all plurals thereof.

I also request records of discussions, memos, or emails, over whether to include any such N95s and/or respirators in regulations, orders, public guidelines, or information distributed to the public.

I also request records of any discussions, memos, or emails which mention "aerosols", aerosol spread, "airborne", or airborne spread of the coronavirus. Also to include, discussions, debate, or decisions, regarding any uncertainty or controversy over the routes of coronavirus contagion, be it droplet, fomite, or airborne.

How many records does this return?

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