A timeline of how then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo hid the true COVID-19 death toll of nursing home residents while negotiating the rights to his book final 12 months concerning the COVID-19 disaster that paid him a $5.1 million advance.
March 1, 2020:
Coronavirus hits New York. A 39-year-old well being care employee from Manhattan, who lately returned from a visit to Iran, is recognized as the primary constructive case within the Empire State.
March 19, 2020:
Penguin Random House reaches out to a literary company representing Cuomo to see if he “was interested in writing a book.”
March 20, 2020:
Cuomo issues govt order stating New York will go on pause in two days.
March 25, 2020:
The state Department of Health points the notorious directive barring nursing houses from denying COVID-19-positive residents entry to the power.
April 17, 2020:
The DOH begins publishing nursing home fatalities on its web site.
April 18, 2020:
The DOH orders nursing houses to report day by day COVID-19 deaths, together with “if the death occurred in [their] facility or the hospital setting.”
On or round May 6, 2020:
Statistics on nursing home fatalities printed on DOH web site are revised to solely embrace confirmed and presumed circumstances in amenities. Fatalities of nursing home residents who died in hospitals are faraway from metrics.
May 10, 2020:
Cuomo points new directive rescinding the March 25 order.
July 1, 2020:
Cuomo’s literary agent tells a Penguin rep the governor has been engaged on the book and has 70,000 phrases accomplished.
July 6, 2020:
Cuomo and a “senior Executive Chamber official” meet with Penguin reps. At Cuomo’s behest, DOH publishes its doctored nursing home information report that exhibits 6,000 deaths as an alternative of 10,000. “Throughout the drafting process, the former Governor reviewed and edited the draft DOH Report on multiple occasions, and made edits to strengthen the defense of the March 25 Directive,” an Assembly report states.
July 8, 2020:
A bidding warfare for Cuomo’s book begins amongst three publishing homes. Penguin’s bid begins at $750,000. After a number of rounds, bidding escalates into the $5 million vary.
July 10, 2020:
Penguin wins the bidding warfare and agrees to pay the then-governor $5.1 million in advances.
July 16, 2020:
JCOPE provides ultimate approval for the book.
July 24-Aug. 1, 2020:
All-day conferences are held with Cuomo, his employees and Penguin. Senior members of the Executive Chamber attend a minimum of three days of manuscript enhancing classes on the Executive Mansion.
Mid-July to mid-August 2020:
A chapter on nursing houses is deemed “critically important” by a prime Cuomo adviser.
Senior Executive Chamber employees draft and edit parts of the manuscript and communicate with the writer’s staff about revisions and drafts by electronic mail, telephone and in individual, together with on weekdays and through work hours.
A COVID-19 process drive member assists in drafting and enhancing Chapter 6 of the book, which touches on the difficulty of nursing houses throughout the pandemic. The member is directed by a senior Cuomo aide that the governor desires them to “keep fl[e]shing” out the chapter.
Aug. 18, 2020:
The public is formally knowledgeable that Cuomo is writing a book.
Aug. 19, 2020:
Cuomo is requested throughout a radio look if he acquired “a lot of money” for writing the book. He replies: “Well, only if [I] sell a lot of copies.”
Oct. 13, 2020:
The book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is launched to the general public.