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Recently Added Record Sets
Date Updated: January 18, 2021
Date Added: January 18, 2021
Ogle County, Illinois
Principal Subject: Ogle County Health Department Public Health Administrator Kyle Auman
Emails, case investigation summaries, a CDC report and other files related to Rochelle Foods in Rochelle, Illinois
Date Range: March 1 to October 7, 2020
Format Details: .pdf (92 pages, 5.4 MB)
Date Updated: January 5, 2021
Date Added: January 4, 2021
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
These documents include Michigan Department of Health and Human Services UP Region 8 data and contract tracing notes.
Date Range: October 6 to December 22, 2020
Format Details: .pdf (306.7MB)
Date Updated: December 29, 2020
Date Added: December 29, 2020
Principal Subject: Dr. Pauline Rolle, Interim Director for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County
These documents include emails sent from, to or copied to Dr. Pauline Rolle, Interim Director for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County regarding local response to COVID-19 and the Trump convention.
Date Range: June 1 to July 24, 2020
Format Details: .pdf (51MB)
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