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Cook County Medical Examiner's Office COVID-19 deaths

Date Updated: March 30, 2021

Date Added: March 30, 2021

Cook County, IL

Principal Subject: Cook County Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar

This material includes the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office response to an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request for case records dating January 4, 2019, to February 18, 2021. Information sought in the request includes details such as: date of death, race, ethnicity, age, gender, location; cause(s) of death.

Date Range: January 4, 2019, to February 18, 2021

Format Details: Zipped file, xlsx spreadsheet, 4.5 MB

Sangamon County Health Department COVID-19 emails and migrant farm response

Date Updated: February 26, 2021

Date Added: February 19, 2021

Sangamon, IL

Principal Subject: Sangamon Public Health Director Gail O’Neill

These documents include emails sent from, to or copied to Sangamon Public Health Director Gail O’Neill regarding local response to COVID-19, including migrant farm response.

Date Range: June 1 to September 10, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (6.8MB, 39 pages)

Illinois CDC Data Use Agreement

Date Updated: February 10, 2021

Date Added: February 10, 2021

IL

Principal Subject: State of Illinois, Department of Public Health

A copy of Illinois' Data Use Agreement for Covid-19 vaccine information with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date Range: December 2, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (22 pages)

Ogle County Health Department case files related to Rochelle Foods

Date Updated: February 8, 2021

Date Added: January 18, 2021

Ogle County, IL

Principal Subject: Ogle County Health Department Public Health Administrator Kyle Auman

Emails, case investigation summaries, a CDC report, subpoenas and other files related to Rochelle Foods in Rochelle, Illinois; This file includes subpoenas related to a workers' compensation claim for records with Rochelle Foods, the Rochelle Police Department and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

Date Range: March 1, 2020, to February 5, 2021

Format Details: .pdf (115 pages, 18.2 MB)

Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: November 9, 2020

Date Added: October 31, 2020

Cook County, IL

Principal Subject: Dr. Allison Arwady

This material includes emails sent to, from or copied to Dr. Allison Arwady, regarding Covid-19 response in the city's Auburn Gresham neighborhood from May 15 to June 10, 2020.

Date Range: May 15 to June 10, 2020

Format Details: PDF, 220 pages

Illinois State University COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: October 19, 2020

Date Added: October 16, 2020

McLean County, IL

Principal Subject: Vice President for Student Affairs Levester "LJ" Johnson

This material includes emails sent to, from or copied to Vice President for Student Affairs Levester "LJ" Johnson from June 26 to September 24, 2020, regarding COVID-19 response, issues with testing and isolation in student housing.

Date Range: June 26 to September 24, 2020

Format Details: PDF, 206 pages

Illinois ERC facility outbreak reports

Date Updated: October 7, 2020

Date Added: October 7, 2020

IL

Highlighted Documents: September 1 ERC report September 30 ERC report July 24 ERC report August 14 ERC report

This internal data — prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health and covering four different days between July and September — was obtained as part of an open-records request to a county health department. The confidential data on the outbreaks in the Springfield region and across the state shows that coronavirus outbreaks in workplaces, schools, meatpacking facilities and prisons are driving Illinois’ rising cases — and many of these outbreaks have never been made public.

Date Range: July 24 to September 30, 2020

Format Details: .xls (4 files)

Champaign-Urbana Health District COVID-19 emails and migrant farm response

Date Updated: September 30, 2020

Date Added: August 13, 2020

Champaign, IL

Principal Subject: Champaign-Urbana Health District Public Administrator Julie Pryde

These documents include emails sent from, to or copied to Champaign-Urbana Health District Public Administrator Julie Pryde regarding local response to COVID-19, including migrant farm outbreaks.

Date Range: June 1 to

Format Details: .eml (34.3MB)

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office COVID-19 deaths

Date Updated: September 21, 2020

Date Added: September 14, 2020

Cook County, IL

Principal Subject: Cook County Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar

This material includes the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office response to an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request for case records dating January 1, 2020, to August 14, 2020. Information sought in the request, filed by Matt Kiefer, include details such as: date of death, race, ethnicity, age, gender, location; cause(s) of death.

Date Range: January 1, 2020, to August 14, 2020

Format Details: Zipped file, xlsx spreadsheet, 2 MB

Winnebago County, Illinois, Health COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: July 13, 2020

Winnebago County, IL

Principal Subject: Sandra Martell

This material includes emails sent to, from or copied to Sandra Martell, the Winnebago County, Illinois, public health administrator, regarding local COVID-19 response.

Date Range: March 1 to May 7, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (51 pages)

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection complaints

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: July 10, 2020

City of Chicago, IL

Principal Subject: Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Complaints filed under the city of Chicago's COVID-19 Anti- Retaliation Ordinance

Date Range: June 1 to June 17, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (3 pages)

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: June 25, 2020

IL

Principal Subject: Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

This material includes emails sent by Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, regarding the reopening of daycare centers.

Date Range: May 18 to June 1, 2020

Format Details: .pdf file (5.2 MB, 93 pages)

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A year of COVID deaths: How the virus spread into every corner of Cook County

A year of COVID deaths: How the virus spread into every corner of Cook County

March 12, 2021
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By Kyra Senese and Eric Fan

OSHA’s Job Is Workplace Safety. In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.

OSHA’s Job Is Workplace Safety. In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.

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By Alexandra Berzon, Shalini Ramachandran and Coulter Jones

Ten months into pandemic, Rochelle Foods and Illinois health department still at odds over COVID-19

Ten months into pandemic, Rochelle Foods and Illinois health department still at odds over COVID-19

February 9, 2021
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
By Madison McVan and Derek Kravitz

The Trump Administration told an Illinois health department to leave Rochelle Foods alone. Then a second COVID-19 outbreak struck the plant.

The Trump Administration told an Illinois health department to leave Rochelle Foods alone. Then a second COVID-19 outbreak struck the plant.

January 18, 2021
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
By Derek Kravitz, Georgia Gee, Madison McVan and Ignacio Calderon

Illinois COVID-19 Outbreak List Is So Secret Even Local Officials Aren't Told Of Cases

Illinois COVID-19 Outbreak List Is So Secret Even Local Officials Aren't Told Of Cases

October 30, 2020
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By Phil Rogers, Katy Smyser

Illinois Keeps a Secret List of Thousands of Coronavirus Outbreaks. Now NBC 5 Has It

Illinois Keeps a Secret List of Thousands of Coronavirus Outbreaks. Now NBC 5 Has It

October 29, 2020
NBC5 Chicago
By Phil Rogers, Katy Smyser

Data: Monmouth Smithfield plant had 188 cases

Data: Monmouth Smithfield plant had 188 cases

October 13, 2020
Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
By Jane Carlson

Confidential coronavirus outbreak data shows undisclosed incidents at prisons, workplaces, schools, meatpacking plants across Illinois

Confidential coronavirus outbreak data shows undisclosed incidents at prisons, workplaces, schools, meatpacking plants across Illinois

October 7, 2020
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today
By Georgia Gee, Derek Kravitz, Sky Chadde

Bayer’s rejection of quick COVID-19 testing resulted in delayed isolation for migrant workers, officials say

Bayer’s rejection of quick COVID-19 testing resulted in delayed isolation for migrant workers, officials say

August 31, 2020
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and Illinois Newsroom
By Sky Chadde and Christine Herman

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