A timeline for how the then government. Andrew Cuomo hid the true COVID-19 death among nursing home residents while last year negotiating the rights to his book on the COVID-19 crisis, which paid him a $ 5.1 million advance.
March 1, 2020:
Coronavirus hits New York. A 39-year-old health worker from Manhattan, who recently returned from a trip to Iran, has been identified as the first positive case in the Empire State.
March 19, 2020:
Penguin Random House contacts a literary agency representing Cuomo to see if he “was interested in writing a book.”
March 20, 2020:
Cuomo issues an announcement that New York will take a break in two days.
March 25, 2020:
The State Department of Health issues the infamous directive that prevents nursing homes from denying COVID-19-positive residents access to the facility.
April 17, 2020:
DOH is starting to publish deaths in nursing homes on its website.
April 18, 2020:
DOH orders nursing homes to report daily COVID-19 deaths, including “if the death occurred in [their] the facility or the hospital environment. ”
On or around 6 May 2020:
Statistics on deaths in nursing homes published on the DOH website have been revised to include only confirmed and suspected cases in facilities. Deaths among nursing home residents who died in hospitals are removed from measurements.
May 10, 2020:
Cuomo issues a new directive repealing the order on March 25.
July 1, 2020:
Cuomo’s literary agent tells a penguin representative that the governor has been working on the book and has completed 70,000 words.
July 6, 2020:
Cuomo and a “senior Executive Chamber official” meet with Penguin representatives. At Cuomo’s request, DOH publishes its doctoral nursing home data report showing 6,000 deaths instead of 10,000. “Throughout the drafting process, the former governor reviewed and edited the draft DOH report on several occasions and made edits to strengthen the defense of the March 25 directive,” the assembly said in a report.
July 8, 2020:
A bidding war over Cuomo’s book begins among three publishers. Penguin’s bid starts at $ 750,000. After several rounds, bidding escalates to $ 5 million.
July 10, 2020:
Penguin wins the bidding war and agrees to pay the then governor $ 5.1 million in advance.
July 16, 2020:
JCOPE finally gives approval of the book.
July 24-Aug. 1, 2020:
Full-day meetings are held with Cuomo, his staff and Penguin. Senior members of the Executive Chamber attend at least three days of manuscript editing sessions at the Executive Mansion.
Mid-July to mid-August 2020:
- A chapter on nursing homes is considered “critically important” by a top counselor from Cuomo.
- Senior Executive Chamber staff prepares and edits parts of the manuscript and talks with the publisher’s team about revisions and drafts via email, telephone and in person, including on weekdays and during business hours.
- A member of the COVID-19 Task Force helps draft and edit Chapter 6 of the book, which addresses the issue of nursing homes during the pandemic. The member is led by a senior Cuomo assistant that the governor wants them to “hold fl[e]postpone the chapter.
August 18, 2020:
The public is officially informed that Cuomo is writing a book.
August 19, 2020:
Cuomo is asked during a radio appearance if he got “a lot of money” to write the book. He replies: “Well, only if [I] sells many copies. “
October 13, 2020:
The book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is released to the public.