Causes of death of people testing positive with Covid-19 in New Zealand.

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From: Mr M P Ross

Dear Ministry of Health,

Please supply the following information under the Official Information Act (OIA) 1982.

Of the 25 people as of 04/10/2020 that have died in New Zealand that tested positive with Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), without naming/identifying them (i.e. NO: names, location in New Zealand, gender, age, DHB, culture, race etc), therefore protecting the privacy of the patients under section 9 (2) (A) of the Official Information Act 1982:

1.) How many died specifically due to Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) without another contributing issue?
2.) How many were put on a ventilator at anytime during their treatment?
3.) How many received palliative care?
4.) How many had signed/had a “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order in place?
5.) How many had comorbidity factors from the list below?

5a) Asthma
5b) Cancer
5c) Cerebrovascular disease
5d) Chronic kidney disease
5e) Cystic fibrosis
5f) COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
5g) Hypertension or high blood pressure
5h) Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
5i) Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
5j) Liver disease
5k) Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
5l) Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
5m) Pregnancy
5n) Pulmonary fibrosis
5o) Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
5p) Sickle cell disease
5q)Smoking
5r) Thalassemia
5s) Type 1 diabetes mellitus
5t) Type 2 diabetes mellitus

6). How many patients from the previous question had each of the preceding comorbidity factors in Questions 5a-5t?

7.) How many patients from the above question had multiple comorbidity factors?
7a.) For the number of patients above, how many comorbidity factors did they have?
eg. Patient A: 3, Patient B: 2, Patient C: 4

Yours faithfully,

M P ROSS

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I am writing further to your request for official information.

As set out in section 12 of the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act),
if you wish to pursue obtaining information that is not in the public
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requirements of the Act, as set out below.

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Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

From:        "Mr M P Ross"
<[FOI #13913 email]>
To:        "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health" <[Ministry of Health request email]>
Date:        04/10/2020 06:46 pm
Subject:        Official Information request - Causes of death of people
testing positive with Covid-19 in New Zealand.

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Dear Ministry of Health,

Please supply the following information under the Official Information Act
(OIA) 1982.

Of the 25 people as of 04/10/2020 that have died in New Zealand that
tested positive with Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), without naming/identifying
them (i.e. NO: names, location in New Zealand, gender, age, DHB, culture,
race etc), therefore protecting the privacy of the patients under section
9 (2) (A) of the Official Information Act 1982:

1.) How many died specifically due to Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) without
another contributing issue?
2.) How many were put on a ventilator at anytime during their treatment?
3.) How many received palliative care?
4.) How many had signed/had a “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order in place?
5.) How many had comorbidity factors from the list below?

5a) Asthma
5b) Cancer
5c) Cerebrovascular disease
5d) Chronic kidney disease
5e) Cystic fibrosis
5f) COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
5g) Hypertension or high blood pressure
5h) Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
5i) Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune
deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune
weakening medicines
5j) Liver disease
5k) Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
5l) Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
5m) Pregnancy
5n) Pulmonary fibrosis
5o) Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery
disease, or cardiomyopathies
5p) Sickle cell disease
5q)Smoking
5r) Thalassemia
5s) Type 1 diabetes mellitus
5t) Type 2 diabetes mellitus

6). How many patients from the previous question had each of the preceding
comorbidity factors in Questions 5a-5t?

7.) How many patients from the above question had multiple comorbidity
factors?
7a.) For the number of patients above, how many comorbidity factors did
they have?
eg. Patient A: 3, Patient B: 2, Patient C: 4

Yours faithfully,

M P ROSS

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From: Mr M P Ross

Dear Ministry of Health,

As per your request I have emailed you ( @ [email address]) a photograph of my New Zealand Passport to prove my eligibility to ask you questions.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M P Ross

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Mr M P Ross left an annotation ()

The Ministry of Health for some reason now request you prove who you are or if you live in New Zealand to get them to even start to look for answers to your questions.

The email address they send is blocked on here, however it can be found at the top right of the page here: https://www.health.govt.nz/about-ministr...

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Kia ora M P Ross

Thank you for sending this information.

As required under the Act, you can expect a response within 20 working
days of your request being received:
[1]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

The Ministry's reference number for your request is H202007546.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ngā mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

From:        "Mr M P Ross"
<[FYI request #13913 email]>
To:        "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health" <[Ministry of Health request email]>
Date:        06/10/2020 11:17 am
Subject:        Re: Further information required, ref: H202007546

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Dear Ministry of Health,

As per your request I have emailed you ( @ [email address])  a
photograph of my New Zealand Passport to prove my eligibility to ask you
questions.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M P Ross

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Paul Roberts left an annotation ()

Such a sad state that they are now asking for ID to be provided. You will probably be put on some watch list now!

I have already asked and received responses to some of the questions which you may want to take a look at here;

https://fyi.org.nz/request/12914-ministr...

https://fyi.org.nz/request/13373-number-...

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Kia ora M P Ross

This email is to advise you that your request of 4 October 2020 will be
treated as a data request rather than a request under the Official
Information Act 1982.

The Ministry's Data Enquiries team has reviewed your request and will
endeavour to respond to it within ten (10) business days.

They will also get in touch with you directly if they require further
information from you.

If you have any questions about this process, please
email [email address]

Ngâ mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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From:        OIA Requests/MOH
To:        "Mr M P Ross" <[FOI #13913 email]>
Cc:        OIA Requests/MOH@MOH
Date:        06/10/2020 11:37 am
Subject:        Acknowledgement of request, ref: H202007546

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Kia ora M P Ross

Thank you for sending this information.

As required under the Act, you can expect a response within 20 working
days of your request being received:
[1]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

The Ministry's reference number for your request is H202007546.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ngâ mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

From:        "Mr M P Ross"
<[FOI #13913 email]>
To:        "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health" <[Ministry of Health request email]>
Date:        06/10/2020 11:17 am
Subject:        Re: Further information required, ref: H202007546

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Dear Ministry of Health,

As per your request I have emailed you ( @ [email address])  a
photograph of my New Zealand Passport to prove my eligibility to ask you
questions.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M P Ross

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