Other (indicate in message) Submitted: August 12, 2020 | Updated: September 10, 2021

(August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

To the Communicable Diseases Branch of the NC Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health & Human Services:

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

Please provide all North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System Outbreak Event report data of COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings from March 1, 2020 to August 11, 2020.

Specifically, this request seeks NC EDSS outbreak event data of COVID-19 clusters, including all COVID-19 Outbreak/Cluster Worksheets for the settings listed below, submitted by NC local health departments, as well as all NC EDSS Outbreak Events created by calls, emails and other contacts from NC local health departments reporting outbreaks and clusters to the Epidemiologist on Call and Communicable Disease Branch staff of events in the settings listed below.

Please provide public records of all North Carolina COVID-19 Outbreak Events in the following settings from March 1, 2020 to August 11, 2020:

1) Occupational settings, including:
o Food processing plants
o Production facilities
o Distribution facilities
o Factories
o Construction sites
o Retail settings
o Office buildings

2) Educational settings, including:
o Childcare facilities
o Schools
o Colleges or universities

3) Other community settings, including:
o Religious gatherings
o Camps
o Other large gatherings or events

Thank you for your assistance!"
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[Editor's Note: Please note that we cannot commit to covering any fees or associated costs related to any requests on our site. If there will need to be any potential costs incurred in order to process the request, please let us know - In that case, we would ask that you please do not proceed, and we will note any info you provide on our site. We would then mark the request as "Completed." Thank you!]

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: Follow up

Activity:

  • September 10, 2021 1:47 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 10, 2021, 1:47 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    This is our third follow up attempt on this request since July 27th. We’re going to make one more attempt to follow up around the end of the month, and if we haven’t heard back I will mark this request as denied, and if you wish to respond / complete the request at some point, we’ll be happy to reopen at that time.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • August 20, 2021 4:12 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 20, 2021, 4:12 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Following up again on this request from August of last year: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Is there any update to report? I will plan on following up again in early September if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • July 27, 2021 2:11 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 27, 2021, 2:11 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Checking in again on this request from August of last year: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Is there any update to report? I will plan on following up again in early August if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • June 2, 2021 4:44 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 2, 2021, 4:44 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Thank you for sending! I will hold off on marking this request as completed until you hear back from DHHS staff on whether there are more responsive documents or not. I will plan on checking in again before the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 25, 2021 4:07 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <C[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: May 25, 2021, 4:07 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Attached pleased find additional records responsive to this request. I will check with DHHS staff, but I am no sure if we have reports from March and April,.

     

    Thanks,
    Charles Epstein

    Legal Communications Specialist

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-855-4841

    [email protected]

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file “Second Production” at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 25, 2021 1:24 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    “Hogle, Paul” <[email protected]>
    date: May 25, 2021, 1:24 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Hope you’ve been well!

     

    This is now the 5th follow up on this public records request without a reply from you and I’m looking for an update on this request?

     

    In the interest of getting the request completed on our site for the original requester, we will mark the request as “Denied” if we haven’t heard back by mid-June. If you wish to reply or complete the request at any point after we’ve marked it as denied, we’ll be happy to reopen it on our site at that time.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • April 28, 2021 4:16 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    “Hogle, Paul” <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 28, 2021, 4:16 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Following up another time on this request to see if there was any update to report related to this request? I last heard from you on February 5th and you had said “DHHS staff are continuing to work on your request, and will update you when we have more information.”

     

    I’ll plan on following up again in mid-May if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • April 8, 2021 4:03 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 8, 2021, 4:03 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Following up again on this request to see if there was any update to report related to this request?

     

    I’ll plan on following up again later this month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • March 26, 2021 4:37 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 26, 2021, 4:37 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Checking in again on my email from last week and the week before to see if there was any update to report here related to this request?

     

    I’ll plan on following up again in early-April if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Have a good weekend,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 18, 2021 4:06 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 18, 2021, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Wanted to follow up on my email from last week inquiring if there was any update to report for the remaining files needed to complete this request?

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 11, 2021 4:40 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2021, 4:40 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Our apologies for the delayed reply here! Thank you for sending over the documents in your prior email on February 5th. We’ve added those to this request on our site.

     

    Is there any update to report for the remaining files needed to complete this request?

     

    We appreciate your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • February 5, 2021 11:42 am

    7 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 5, 2021, 11:42 AM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good morning,

     

    Attached please find records responsive to your request. DHHS staff are continuing to work on your request, and will update you when we have more information.

     

    Thank you,

    Charles Epstein

    Legal Communications Specialist

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced files at top left in document


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 4, 2021 4:42 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 4, 2021, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Hope you’ve been well! We’ve made 4 attempts, counting this one, to follow up on this request since October 15th and haven’t received a reply. Kindly let us know the status of the request, and when you anticipate completion. Additionally, if we don’t hear back, we will make one more attempt to follow up around the end of this month before marking this request as denied. If at some point you do reply and wish to complete the request, we’ll be happy to reopen the request on our site at that time.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 6, 2021 4:34 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 6, 2021, 4:34 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Happy New Year!

     

    Checking in again on this request that was sent in on August 14th of last year: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Is there any update to report? We’ll follow up again later this month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • December 7, 2020 4:24 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 7, 2020, 4:24 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Checking in another time on this request that was sent in on August 14th: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Is there any update to report? We’ll follow up again in early-January if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Happy Holidays,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • November 11, 2020 12:26 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 11, 2020, 12:26 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Hope you’ve been well.

     

    We’re checking in again on this request to see if there is any update to report? We will follow up again at the end of this month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 15, 2020 9:20 am

    11 months ago

    **10/15/20 Editor’s Note: We will follow up again at the end of this month if we don’t hear back before then. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 15, 2020, 9:20 AM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Thank you for letting us know! We’ve re-opened this request and will await for the correct files needed to mark this request as completed.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 9, 2020 5:19 am

    11 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 9, 2020, 5:19 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Last month we accidentally sent you public records that were intended for a different Sunshine request. We apologize for the mistake, and wanted to let you know we are still working on this request.

     

    Please disregard my previous email.

     

    Thank you,

    Charles Epstein

    Legal Communications Specialist

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-855-4841

    [email protected]


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • October 6, 2020 11:26 am

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 6, 2020, 11:26 AM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Our apologies for the delayed reply.

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! We’ve marked this request as completed on our site.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • September 28, 2020 11:41 am

    11 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 28, 2020, 11:41 AM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good morning,

     

    Attached are the final batch of records that are responsive to your request. DHHS now considers this request closed.

     

    Thank you,
    Charles Epstein
    Legal Communications Specialist
    Office of Communications
    NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: 919-855-4841
    [email protected]

     

    **10/9 Editor’s Note: We had previously marked this request as completed, but in an October 9th email from Charles Epstein we were informed that they sent over files for a different request. This request has now been re-opened and we are awaiting the correct files needed to mark this request as completed again. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • September 28, 2020 11:21 am

    11 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 28, 2020, 11:21 AM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good morning,

     

    Attached please finds records responsive to your request #2020081302. The files were somewhat large, so an additional email with responsive records will be sent in a few minutes.

     

    Thank you,
    Charles Epstein
    Legal Communications Specialist
    Office of Communications
    NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: 919-855-4841
    [email protected]

     

    **10/9 Editor’s Note: We had previously marked this request as completed, but in an October 9th email from Charles Epstein we were informed that they sent over files for a different request. This request has now been re-opened and we are awaiting the correct files needed to mark this request as completed again. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • September 25, 2020 4:11 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 25, 2020, 4:11 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Checking in again on this request to see if there was any update to report?

     

    Thank you for all your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • August 14, 2020 4:31 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 14, 2020, 4:31 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Good afternoon Charles,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request. We will follow up again in late September if we haven’t heard back before then.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 14, 2020 11:22 am

    1 year ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>,
    “Bolick, Callen” <[email protected]>,
    “public.records” <[email protected]>,
    DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 14, 2020, 11:22 AM
    subject: Public Records Request #2020081302

     

    Thank you for your public records request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Your request has been assigned #2020081302. NCDHHS is committed to responding to your request as promptly as possible; however, please be advised that we are currently experiencing a very high volume of requests, and the fulfillment of your request may be affected by the agency’s work responding to COVID-19.

     

    Sincerely,

    Charles Epstein

    Legal Communications Specialist

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 13, 2020 4:14 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 13, 2020, 4:14 PM
    subject: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Good afternoon North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS),

     

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

     

    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: (August 2020) Request for NC DHHS COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings 03/01/20 – 08/11/20

     

    Message: “To the Communicable Diseases Branch of the NC Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health & Human Services:

     

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

     

    Please provide all North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System Outbreak Event report data of COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings from March 1, 2020 to August 11, 2020.

     

    Specifically, this request seeks NC EDSS outbreak event data of COVID-19 clusters, including all COVID-19 Outbreak/Cluster Worksheets for the settings listed below, submitted by NC local health departments, as well as all NC EDSS Outbreak Events created by calls, emails and other contacts from NC local health departments reporting outbreaks and clusters to the Epidemiologist on Call and Communicable Disease Branch staff of events in the settings listed below.

     

    Please provide public records of all North Carolina COVID-19 Outbreak Events in the following settings from March 1, 2020 to August 11, 2020:

     

    1) Occupational settings, including:
    o Food processing plants
    o Production facilities
    o Distribution facilities
    o Factories
    o Construction sites
    o Retail settings
    o Office buildings

     

    2) Educational settings, including:
    o Childcare facilities
    o Schools
    o Colleges or universities

     

    3) Other community settings, including:
    o Religious gatherings
    o Camps
    o Other large gatherings or events

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Editor’s Note: Please note that we cannot commit to covering any fees or associated costs related to any requests on our site. If there will need to be any potential costs incurred in order to process the request, please let us know – In that case, we would ask that you please do not proceed, and we will note any info you provide on our site. We would then mark the request as “Completed.” Thank you!

     

    ** 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
  • August 12, 2020 4:12 pm

    1 year ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending