Coronavirus/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Response (New York City)

Anonymous Person filed this request with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of New York City, NY.
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Rejected

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From: Anonymous Person

Health Dept,

Below are new public records requests directed to your agency. Rolling records responses are requested if you are unable to immediately produce records.
Exact copies of every responsive record are requested. Provide only copies of records not requiring fees and in-person inspection of all other records.

1. All communications with CDC or its employees (email, text, or chat) with any of the following insensitive keywords: "coronavirus" "wuhan" "SARS" "COVID" "COVID19" "COVID-19" "SARS-CoV-2" "2019-nCOV" "nCOV" "severe acute respiratory syndrome" "viral pneumonia" "pneumonia of unknown origin" "novel pneumonia" from Nov 14, 2019 to present. For solely this request, any format showing all participants (TO, FROM, CC; and BCC for items sent by govt employees) and preserving the body, attachments and images is sufficient. Start with the most recent and work backwards.

2. All communications to or from the State health department or its employees (email, text, or chat) with any of the following insensitive keywords: "coronavirus" "wuhan" "SARS" "COVID" "COVID19" "COVID-19" "SARS-CoV-2" "2019-nCOV" "nCOV" "severe acute respiratory syndrome" "viral pneumonia" "pneumonia of unknown origin" "novel pneumonia" from Nov 14, 2019 to present. For solely this request, any format showing all participants (TO, FROM, CC; and BCC for items sent by govt employees) and preserving the body, attachments and images is sufficient.

This information is of the highest public interest.
You may exclude press releases or similar material already published to the general public. If you believe this query would take more than a week to produce, please provide suggestions to narrow the query to match my purpose, which is: to determine the scope and quality of Federal, state, and local government response to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, most importantly including decisions to test or not to test PUIs or other suspect cases.

Do not destroy or discard any responsive records - we will appeal all withholdings or redactions for reasons other than patient privacy.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
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Sincerely,
Anonymous

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

FOIL Control #: 2020FR00560

Dear Anonymous,

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Law request and has assigned it the control number noted above. A search will be conducted for responsive documents available to you under the law and you should receive a response within 20 business days. Please note that, as of January 1, 2019, the Department charges the statutorily allowable fee of 25¢ per page for FOIL responses of records maintained in hard copy.

Thank you,

FOIL Administration

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

347-396-6011 (ph.)

347-396-6087 (f)

recordsaccess@health.nyc.gov<mailto:recordsaccess@health.nyc.gov>

From: Anonymous Person

RE: 2020FR00560

Thank you - please provide solely electronic records, available without fees.

NOTE: THE EMAIL ADDRESS SENDING THIS REQUEST IS A PUBLICLY-VIEWABLE MAILBOX. Please be certain you have properly redacted all of your responses. Once you send them to us, there is no going back. All of your responses (including all responsive records) may be instantly and automatically available to the public online via the MuckRock.com FOIA service used to issue this request (though the requester is an anonymous user, not a representative of MuckRock). Nothing herein is legal, IT, or professional advice of any kind. The author disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to all warranties of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall the author be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or any other damages whatsoever. The digital signature, if any, in this email is not an indication of a binding agreement or offer; it merely authenticates the sender. Please do not include any confidential information, as I intend that these communications with the government all be disclosable public records.

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dear Anonymous:

Please be advised that your Freedom of Information Law (NYS Public Officers Law Article 6, "FOIL") request has been denied as unreasonable and unduly burdensome pursuant to FOIL § 89(3)(a). The search terms provided in your request resulted in the return of nearly 70,000 emails, each of which would need to be reviewed to determine whether all or part of the email is subject to one of FOIL’s exemption to disclosure.

You may file a written appeal of this denial within 30 days of the date of this message. The appeal should be addressed to:

Roslyn Windholz, Esquire

Appeals Officer & Acting General Counsel

42-09 28th Street, CN-30

Long Island City, NY 11101

recordsaccess@health.nyc.gov<mailto:recordsaccess@health.nyc.gov>

The notice of appeal should include the request control number, the date of this denial message, a description of the records that were the subject of the request, the specific legal grounds for your appeal, and the full name and address of the original requester.

In the alternative, you may submit a narrowed request within 30 days.

Regards,

Bernadette O'Donnell

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