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 last year about the COVID-19 crisis that paid him a $5.1 million advance.
March 1, 2020:
Coronavirus hits New York. A 39-year-old health care worker from Manhattan, who recently returned from a trip to Iran, is identified as the first positive case in the Empire State.
March 19, 2020:
Penguin Random House reaches out to a literary agency representing Cuomo to see if he “was interested in writing a book.”
March 20, 2020:
Cuomo issues executive order stating New York will go on pause in two days.
March 25, 2020:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order for New York to go on pause due to the pandemic on March 20, 2020.Bennett Raglin/Getty ImagesThe state Department of Health issues the infamous directive barring nursing homes from denying COVID-19-positive residents entry to the facility.
April 17, 2020:
The DOH begins publishing nursing home fatalities on its website.
April 18, 2020:
The DOH orders nursing homes to report daily COVID-19 deaths, including “if the death occurred in [their] facility or the hospital setting.”
On or around May 6, 2020:
Statistics on nursing home fatalities published on DOH website are revised to only include confirmed and presumed cases in facilities. Fatalities of nursing home residents who died in hospitals are removed from metrics.
May 10, 2020:
Cuomo issues new directive re …