Documenting COVID-19

Documenting COVID-19 is a repository of searchable documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic obtained through state open-records laws and the Freedom of Information Act. Click on a state for details about the 284 record sets available as of December 22, 2021, and news coverage that have used those materials.

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Recently Added Record Sets

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services delta mask mandate study

Date Updated: December 1, 2021

Date Added: December 1, 2021

Missouri

Highlighted Documents: DHSS masked versus unmasked case rate study results DHSS masked versus unmasked death rate study results

Principal Subject: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

On Nov. 1, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office requested the state's Department of Health and Senior Services for data showing the effectiveness of mask mandates on COVID-19 case and death rates during the summer and fall 2021 delta variant surge. Two days later, the health department responded with two plot graphs showing the difference in masked jurisdictions (St. Louis and St. Louis County, Kansas City and Jackson County) and the rest of the state, which mostly do not have mask policies.

Date Range: November 1 to November 3, 2021

Format Details: .pdf (2 separate files, 4 pages) and .png (attached screenshots of study results)

Hart Island, New York, request for proposals (RFP) for burial management contract

Date Updated: November 12, 2021

Date Added: November 12, 2021

Bronx County, New York

Principal Subject: New York City Department of Social Services and Human Resources Administration

The New York City Department of Social Services and Human Resources Administration awarded a three-year, $33 million contract to manage Hart Island to a Brooklyn landscaping company, JPL Industries. It includes a 215-page request for proposals (RFP) and responses from prospective bidders.

Date Range: January 1 to August 3, 2021

Format Details: zipped file (10.3 MB) of several .pdf and .xlsx files

Missouri and Springfield-Greene County COVID-19 surge response emails and internal memos

Date Updated: October 28, 2021

Date Added: October 28, 2021

Greene County, Missouri

Principal Subject: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The files include thousands of emails and underlying attachments, including data and internal meeting minutes and memos, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Springfield-Greene County Health Department regarding the summertime surge of COVID-19 and Delta variant cases in southwest Missouri

Date Range: July 4 to August 19, 2021

Format Details: zipped file (1.18 GB) of a combined .pdf file (4,043 pages, 1.23 GB, duplicative material) and individual .msg files (118 files)

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