This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Sunday, June 28th 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

New York City is in Phase 2 of reopening now, which includes outdoor dining; hair salons and barbershops; and playgrounds are open, . Here's 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.

12:30 p.m.: Five people died from COVID-19 in New York State on Saturday—the lowest number of deaths in one day since March 15th, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

But as the coronavirus cases drop in New York, the governor is now concerned the virus will spread once again as other states see cases rise amid businesses reopening.

With five deaths and fewer than 900 hospitalizations, Cuomo said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning, "How does that number go up? Two ways. Lack of compliance—and I'm diligent about staying after New Yorkers and local governments that have to police it—and second, I'm now afraid of the spread coming from other states, because we are one country and people travel."

"I'm afraid the infection rate in the other states will come back to New York and raise that rate again," Cuomo said. "If these states keep going up, we're going to have a national crisis like we have never seen. They said this was the way to help the economy by reopening. It's been the exact opposite."

"Every time the virus goes up, the stock market goes down. And if those states continue to increase, you’ll see it go all across the nation. You’ll see New York on the rise, again, and you’ll see the other states starting to go up even more," Cuomo said.

In New York, hospitalizations dropped to 869—39 fewer than the previous day. Newly admitted patients dropped by 24 to 54, and the number of people in intensive care units dropped by 1 to 229. Total deaths rose to 24,835.

Of 61,906 tests conducted Saturday, 0.99% were positive. In New York City, the positivity rate was 1.1%.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Meet the Press Sunday morning that fatalities and hospitalizations were the lowest in two months, but noted some southern states are seeing surges. Azar emphasized personal responsibility—like wearing face coverings—and community contact tracers in counties seeing cases surge. But President Donald Trump rarely wears a mask himself and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S. needs about 100,000 contact tracers—more than three times what the country currently has.

The secretary and president are "basically in denial about the problem," Cuomo said when asked on Meet the Press about Azar's comments.

"They don't want to tell the American people the truth and they don’t want to have any federal response except supporting the states, supporting the states," Cuomo said. "This is a virus. It doesn’t respond to politics. You can’t tweet at it, you have to treat it."

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St. Patrick's Cathedral Resumes Public Masses

Now that New York City is in Phase 2, the New York Archdiocese is moving forward with its first public mass in several months at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday.

The 10:15 a.m. mass is the church's first since the pandemic triggered a statewide lockdown in March. It will be lead by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and the archdiocese notes, "The Cathedral will be limited to 25% of capacity, and social distancing, and other health and safety guidelines, will be followed." (Its capacity is about 3,000.)

The Sunday mass will also be livestreamed here, and there are other masses throughout the week.

This reopening of a New York institution comes as the state records low numbers of COVID-19 cases, while much of the rest of the country is experiencing spikes. Hospitalizations are surging in Texas, and Florida set a new single-day record for coronavirus cases—9,585—on Saturday ("The number rivals that of New York's peak in daily cases in early April," CNN reports.)

Almost 40,000 cases have been reported in Florida over the past week, which is a third of its total cases. Local municipalities are enacting mask-wearing requirements, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to refuse to issue a statewide order, simply saying the state has already advised people that wearing a masking is "something that could make an impact. At the same time, to do police and put criminal penalties on that is something that probably would backfire."

The Florida Keys, a group of islands 120 miles south of the state's southern-most tip, had been shut off to visitors since March 22nd, its tourism business devastated. But since reopening on June 1st, the Keys have seen a rise in cases; Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, an epidemiologist at Florida International University, told the Miami Herald, "There is so much COVID in Miami-Dade County and as they open up to probably a lot of people from the rest of South Florida there is probably more exposure going on in the Keys that wasn’t present when they were completely closed down."

The Florida Keys have a total of 204 known cases and four deaths so far, the Miami Herald reports.

Residents in Florida and Texas are waiting on long lines to get tested; according to the NY Times, "In Florida, the first car on Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando found its spot in line for testing at 12:30 a.m., according to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, even though testing did not start until 9 a.m. At a site in Jacksonville, the testing line was cut off in the early afternoon, before closing time, the association said on Twitter. And in Texas, Stefano West drove more than an hour from Killeen to Austin to find a testing site, noting that few were available closer to him. He said he then waited about four and a half hours in his car at the site, where officials spent 10 to 45 minutes attending to each car."

In the NY Times's big feature on how scientists, public health officials, and politicians missed the signs of coronavirus, a German infectious disease specialist at the Munich University Hospital., Dr. Camilla Rothe, noticed that one patient became sick through asymptomatic transmission: "Dr. Rothe and her colleagues were among the first to warn the world. But even as evidence accumulated from other scientists, leading health officials expressed unwavering confidence that symptomless spreading was not important. In the days and weeks to come, politicians, public health officials and rival academics disparaged or ignored the Munich team. Some actively worked to undermine the warnings at a crucial moment, as the disease was spreading unnoticed in French churches, Italian soccer stadiums and Austrian ski bars. A cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, would become a deadly harbinger of symptomless spreading."

Now asyptomatic transmission—when people who have COVID-19 feel fine and have no obvious symptoms—may be represent 30 to 60 percent of the spread, according to the studies in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China cited by the Times. Mask-wearing in Hong Kong has also been recognized as a way the proliferation of COVID-19 was likely contained.

There are 2,510,323 coronavirus cases, and 125,539 deaths, in the United States so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. President Donald Trump's only reference to the pandemic in the past 24-26 hours is criticizing his 2020 election rival, Vice President Joe Biden, for Biden's gaffe saying, incorrectly, that 120 million Americans have died. In addition to sharing "wanted" posters of protesters who have damaged monuments, Trump has retweeted a video—and praised the people in it—that clearly shows them shouting about "white power."