COVID-19 state case data (Department of Health)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Health of Virginia.
Multi Request COVID-19 state case data
Status
Rejected

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From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The most current and complete set of data related to cases of COVID-19 within this jurisdiction by zip code, county, or most granular available location. Please provide all available associated data points with each case, including but not limited to the following information for each case: age, ethnicity, race, the status of the individual case, the reporting jurisdiction and zip code, the date of first positive specimen, the case state/local ID, the reporting health department, the CDC 2019-nCoV ID, the Contact ID, and any other segregable information.

This information may be collected by your office, another department within this jurisdiction, or may have been provided in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/reporting-pui.html), another health department, or a private entity.

If this information is being handled by another office or responsive materials exist within another department of this jurisdiction, please forward this request appropriately and inform this requester of the appropriate office for responsive records.

It would be greatly appreciated if your office could expedite processing of this request. This information is of urgent public interest . Please get in touch if there are any questions or the need for discussion. Please call 617-500-7123. If no one is available, please leave a message and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Department of Health

Ms. Lipton:

This will acknowledge receipt of your FOIA request dated April 15, 2020,
which was received by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on April 15,
2020.

VDH is withholding in its entirety the information that you have requested
(i.e.,all available associated data points with each COVID-19 case,
including but not limited to the following information for each case: age,
ethnicity, race, the status of the individual case, the reporting
jurisdiction and zip code, the date of first positive specimen, the case
state/local ID, the reporting health department, the CDC 2019-nCoV ID, the
Contact ID, and any other segregable information ) because the release of
this information is prohibited by state law. Specifically, release of this
information is prohibited by ยงยง 2.2-3705.5(1), 32.1-36, 32.1-38, and
32.1-41 of the Code of Virginia.

Sincerely,
--
Joseph Hilbert
Deputy Commissioner for Governmental and Regulatory Affairs
Virginia Department of Health
804-864-7006

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