This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Sunday, April 26th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

Read our guide to understanding New York on PAUSE, NY's stay-at-home order; a look at preparing for the spread of coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our regularly updated coronavirus FAQ. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

1:50 p.m.: Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to bring back sports without an audience, he said during a COVID-19 press briefing laying out the early details of a possible reopening plan.

Cuomo described the first two phases of New York's re-opening plan—beginning with low-risk construction and manufacturing work. The second phase would involve more essential, but lower risk employees.

There will be two weeks between the two phases to allow time to monitor the impact on public health statistics, like hospitalizations. Though reopening is possible, attractions or businesses that could bring in people from other regions or states would have to remain closed, posing issues for the retail and hospitality industries, Cuomo said.

The reopening would be determined on a business-by-business basis, with a focus on more essential and lower risk workers. Businesses would need to determine plans for how day-to-day workplace situations would change--what personal protective equipment is needed, cleaning protocols, new physical distancing measures, and transportation.

"What processes can you put in place to make your business less risky?" Cuomo said. "It's between the two—it's governmental decisions in partnership with business decisions because I think every business leader gets you can't go back to where you were. You have to go back in light of the circumstance that have developed. And in the midst of all of this, monitor the public health impact."

"Some people even need a new economic model. We want to bring sports back, right? So there's an activity that people can watch on TV," Cuomo said. "What sports can you do without an audience? What sports can you make work economically where you don't have to sell a seat in the stadium or arena?"

Cuomo said he had spoken to team owners about an economic analysis of ways to bring back sports and pay athletes, though he declined to say which owners he talked to.

Cuomo did not provide details on when New York would begin the phases of reopening. The statewide stay-at-home policy—PAUSE—is supposed to end May 15th, but Cuomo has previously extended it.

The governor said he is first watching to see if hospitalizations decrease for 14 days, in accordance with CDC guidelines, before moving ahead on the first phase. That number could differ regionally, with a possibility that upstate would "reopen" sooner than downstate regions, where reopening the economy is more "complicated," the governor said.

"Downstate is obviously the most complicated situation," Cuomo said. "Multistate coordination is vital there." Downstate regions—NYC, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester—need to be coordinated in terms of the counties' parks, beaches, transportation, and schools, as well as working with New Jersey and Connecticut.

He added that downstate regions, namely NYC, need some type of activity this summer.

"You can't tell people in a dense urban environment all through the summer months, 'We don't have anything for you to do. Stay in your apartment with your three kids.' It doesn't work," Cuomo said.

The governor said there were 367 new deaths due to COVID-19 overnight, dipping below 400. 349 of the deaths were in hospitals and 18 were in nursing homes.

Cuomo also announced the L train tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan was officially finished on Sunday. The MTA had initially planned to completely suspend L service between the boroughs for up to 18 months to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, but Cuomo convened a panel of engineering experts to find a different way of doing the repairs without a complete shutdown.

Cuomo's eleventh hour change came after months of meetings and preparations had already been made. On Sunday, Cuomo recalled the L train debacle as a reminder that, going forward, New York would have to be reimagined after the coronavirus pandemic.

"I relay this story because you can question, and you should question, why we do what we do," Cuomo said. "Why not try this? Why not try that? People don't like change. We like control more than anything. It's hard to make change in you own life, but if you don't change you don't grow."

Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press briefing on April 26th.

12 p.m.: Mayor Bill de Blasio detailed early stages of a rebuild and recovery plan for NYC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic--which will include a Racial Inclusion and Equity task force led by First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson.

The task force will be "making sure that we are addressing structural racism that is obviously present in the realities we're facing with this disease," de Blasio said during a Sunday morning press briefing. City government officials will make up the task force, to be announced in the coming weeks.

"This is based on ideas that they have both developed in the last few days to address the immediate disparities, but also to make sure that we address these disparities more thoroughly in our recovery plans ahead," de Blasio said, likening the pandemic to the Great Depression, which became a watershed moment in American history that led to New Deal policies that continue to shape the country today.

The mayor added: "Restart is necessary to recovery. Recovery means, to me, getting back not just to a point where life feels more normal, but getting back to a point of strength and additionally addressing the underlying issues that we still need to address in the city."

McCray has been criticized for her mental heath and wellness initiative ThriveNYC--a key project during her tenure as First Lady. The $850 million plan has faced scrutiny over how its funds are spent as well as benchmarks for its effectiveness. Earlier this year, she launched a Brooklyn-based podcast about mental wellness, which spurred speculation she was eyeing a run for Brooklyn Borough President. De Blasio has reportedly encouraged her to run for borough president.

De Blasio defended his wife's mental health and wellness initiative when asked about her new role with Deputy Mayor Thompson on the racial inclusion task force at a Sunday press briefing.

"In terms of fighting inequality, Thrive has gone to that point and in many ways even further because Thrive was about addressing profound inequalities in healthcare, and in fact, even more so creating access to healthcare that didn't exist for anyone in a society that has never given proper respect to mental health," de Blasio said.

The mayor also announced a Fair Recovery Task Force that will lay out an early "road map" for rebuilding and transforming the city by June 1st. It will be a "preliminary product" on a smart and fair recovery, the mayor said.

Those members include: Patrick Gaspard, the president of the Open Society Foundations; Jennifer Jones Austin, the CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; Richard Ratvich, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York; Carl Weisbrod, the former chair of the City Planning Commission and now an advisor to HR&A Advisors; Henry Garrido, the executive director of municipal union District Council 37; Marie Torres-Springer, who has led three city agencies and is now the Vice President of U.S. Programs at the Ford Foundation; Liz Neumark, the CEO of Great Performances; and Fred Wilson, a partner at Union Square Ventures.

The mayor will also form a Charter Revision Commission, which will review how the city government runs and ways to improve it through possible changes to the city charter. The Fair Recovery team would come up with what the commission would review, according to the mayor's office.

Advisory councils made up of leaders across various sectors of the economy will begin meeting in May to offer guidance to the city's reopening plan as well. Such sectors would include large and small businesses; public health and health care; arts, culture, and tourism; labor; nonprofits and social services; faith-based organizations; and education and vocational training. Who will be on the councils has not yet been announced.