Other (indicate in message) Submitted: April 20, 2020 | Updated: June 5, 2020

(April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

[Editor’s Note - This request has been revised for clarity. The sender indicated in the “start date” / “end date” section of our request form that the responsive information requested should include the timeline 06/01/19 - 04/15/20].

Hello Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

This is a request to gather data and statistics not currently listed on cdc.gov related to national EVALI diagnosis rates studied by the CDC in the U.S. from Summer 2019 to Winter 2020.

I’d like to request all CDC EVALI study details, including breakdown of diagnosis rates, hospitalization rates, mortality rates, and details of lung tissue analysis of EVALI diagnosed patients (I.e. rate of concurrent viral presence detected in samples from EVALI patients and/or autopsies) from 06/01/19 - 04/15/20.

I believe that the study contact is [email protected] However, if there is a more appropriate party that should be contacted for assistance with the request, please indicate to whom / what email the request should be sent.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • June 5, 2020 3:39 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 5, 2020, 3:39 PM
    subject: Re: FW: Your CDC FOIA Request #20-01488-FOIA

     

    Good afternoon Mark,

     

    Thank you for sending this over.

     

    Since we cannot commit to covering any fees for requests on our site, we are going to mark this request as complete on our end. You can close the request and we’ll note all of this information on our site for the original sender to see, and if the original sender chooses to reach out to your office directly they can do so.

     

    We appreciate all your assistance!
    Have a good weekend,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • June 5, 2020 11:18 am

    4 months ago

    from: Harper, Mark <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Jun 4, 2020, 11:18 AM
    subject: Your CDC FOIA Request #20-01488-FOIA

     

    June 4, 2020

     

    Request Number: 20-01488-FOIA

     

    Dear Mr. Conant:

     

    This is regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of May 1, 2020, for All CDC EVALI study details, including breakdown of diagnosis rates, hospitalization rates, mortality rates, and details of lung tissue analysis of EVALI diagnosed patients (i.e. rate of concurrent viral presence detected in samples from EVALI patients and/or autopsies) (Date Range for Record Search: From 6/1/2019 To 4/15/2020).

     

    Please see the attached letter.

     

    Sincerely,
    CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office
    770-488-6399

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 1, 2020 3:23 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 1, 2020, 3:23 PM
    subject: Re: 20-01488 RE: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon Mark,

     

    Thank you for the update!

     

    – Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 28, 2020 11:44 am

    4 months ago

    from: Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD) <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 28, 2020, 11:44 AM
    subject: 20-01488 RE: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Hi, Sorry for the dilatory reply. We are seeing how big a record set is involved and how long it will take to pull the records you requested. We can then determine if you have exceeded 2 hours of free search time and will incur costs.


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 18, 2020 5:00 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Okpewho, Carolyn (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>,
    “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: May 18, 2020, 5:00 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon Mark,

     

    We just wanted to clarify that we’d like the requested information to be delivered in a digital or machine readable format if possible. Please note that we cannot commit to covering any fees / associated costs related to any requests on our site. If there is a possibility that any cost may need to be incurred in order to process the request, please let us know and we will note this for the requestor, should they decide to pursue the request directly with your office.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 14, 2020 4:06 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Okpewho, Carolyn (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>,
    “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: May 14, 2020, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon Mark,

     

    Our apologies, we missed that email!

     

    We reviewed those documents you sent, please proceed with the request and we’ll note on our site that it could take until Nov 2020 before it’s completed. We don’t have any additional clarification to provide.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 13, 2020 7:12 am

    5 months ago

    from: Harper, Mark Neville (CDC/OCOO/OD) <[email protected]>
    to: “Okpewho, Carolyn (CDC/OCOO/OD)” <[email protected]>,
    “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>
    date: May 13, 2020, 7:12 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good morning Sunshine Requests:

     

    The attached email was sent to you on Friday May 8, 2020. Did you not receive this? Please let us know. Thanks.

     

    Mark Harper
    CDC FOIA Analyst

     

    **Editor’s Notes: Please see referenced file at top left in documents


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 12, 2020 3:21 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    cc: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: May 12, 2020, 3:21 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Confirming receipt of your previous email from May 4th.

     

    We wanted to inquire if it was possible to receive the letter you mentioned digitally over email?

     

    We don’t know when we’ll be checking our PO Box due to the pandemic and want to make sure we receive all the appropriate information to get this request completed for the original requester on our site.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • May 4, 2020 6:20 am

    5 months ago

    from: FOIA Requests (CDC) <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: May 4, 2020, 6:20 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good morning Mr. Conant,

     

    Happy Monday! Thank you for your response. I will log in your request seeking federal records.

     

    Scope: All CDC EVALI study details, including breakdown of diagnosis rates, hospitalization rates, mortality rates, and details of lung tissue analysis of EVALI diagnosed patients (i.e. rate of concurrent viral presence detected in samples from EVALI patients and/or autopsies)

     

    Timeframe: 06/01/2019 – 04/15/2020

     

    Very soon, you will be receiving an official letter from our office acknowledging the receipt of the aforementioned request. Said letter will also convey to you any information we may require to adequately process your request.

     

    Just so you know, as a federal agency, we are not bound by state laws. Therefore, if you seek NC records, you would need to submit a NC Public Records Request with NC directly.

     

    Thank you for your time.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 1, 2020 2:09 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    cc: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: May 1, 2020, 2:09 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Thank you for your reply!

     

    We are located in North Carolina and are most familiar with public records laws in NC. The purpose of our website, and our intention with this request, is to submit a “public records request” – we’ve never processed a request related to this specific subject matter, so we’re not certain to whom / where is the best place to submit the request. However, whether you want to consider it a FOIA request, or public records request, in the interest of getting it fulfilled on our site, please consider that this request is made by Patrick Conant, who is the director of Sunshine Request. His address is PO Box 17391, Asheville, NC 28816.

     

    Thank you!
    Have a good weekend,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • April 30, 2020 12:40 pm

    5 months ago

    from: FOIA Requests (CDC) <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    cc: “FOIA Requests (CDC)” <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 30, 2020, 12:40 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,

     

    Happy Thursday! The CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office was forwarded your below inquiry. Did you intend for your inquiry to be a FOIA request? If not, just respond to this email informing the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office to disregard your inquiry. However, if you did, we will need additional information from you. At the lease, please identify yourself: first name and last name. This information will be used to officially log your request into our system. Other requester details include phone number and mailing address.

     

    Moreover, please note that under the FOIA, agencies are not required to respond to requests by creating records, conducting research, analyzing data, or answering questions posed as a FOIA request. For additional information concerning FOIA procedural requirements you may wish to visit the Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov/oip/foia_guide09.htm.

     

    Thank you for time Sunshine Request.

     

    Remain Safe!

     

    Have a*´¨)
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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * Wonderful Day!

     

    V/R

     

    Carolyn Sanchang-Fon Okpewho

    CDC/ATSDR Workstream Leader

    Freedom of Information Act Office

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • April 22, 2020 11:37 am

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Apr 22, 2020, 11:37 AM
    subject: Records Request: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Good morning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (April 2020) Request related to “EVALI Diagnosis Statistics” as of 04/15/2020

     

    Message: “Hello Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    This is a request to gather data and statistics not currently listed on cdc.gov related to national EVALI diagnosis rates studied by the CDC in the U.S. from Summer 2019 to Winter 2020.

     

    I’d like to request all CDC EVALI study details, including breakdown of diagnosis rates, hospitalization rates, mortality rates, and details of lung tissue analysis of EVALI diagnosed patients (I.e. rate of concurrent viral presence detected in samples from EVALI patients and/or autopsies) from 06/01/19 – 04/15/20.

     

    I believe that the study contact is [email protected] However, if there is a more appropriate party that should be contacted for assistance with the request, please indicate to whom / what email the request should be sent.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • April 20, 2020 5:02 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending