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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 16, 2020

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DBIA’s mission is to provide the best resources available to help inform and empower our industry. In these uncertain times, that mission is even more important. As our communities fight the Coronavirus, we are working to find the best information available to help design-build teams navigate the unknown. This daily newsletter will provide the latest COVID-19 news for the AEC community.

Design-builders deliver in times of crisis and we will again.

If you have COVID-19 news impacting the AEC industry from your organization, state or community please email us.

April 16th


Why We Need Fresh Infrastructure Ideas After The Pandemic-ENR. The pandemic has pushed U.S. infrastructure finance into shaky territory by opening big holes in state and local budgets.

Small business loan funds nearly depleted with Congress deadlocked-Politico. The small business rescue set up by Congress to avert massive layoffs is set to exhaust its $350 billion funding capacity, top lawmakers say, as Congress remained in a stalemate over how to allocate more money for the popular loan program.

Worldwide Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Top 2 Million-New York Times. As bleak a milestone in the pandemic as the new figures are, unconfirmed cases are believed to be far higher. More than 130,000 people have died from COVID-19.



COVID-19 in Arizona: State to provide antibody tests to first responders, add drive-thrus for public-KYMA News. Arizona soon will have access to two drive-thru testing centers and the capability to test first responders and health care workers for COVID-19 antibodies, Gov. Doug Ducey said at a press conference Tuesday.

New York

N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count-New York Times. The city has added more than 3,700 additional people who were presumed to have died of the coronavirus but had never tested positive.


Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approves COVID-19 relief bill in state’s first virtual session-The Cap Times. The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to help the state’s government, industries and health care workers better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Construction industry hit hard, even as states deem it an ‘essential service’-Yahoo Finance. U.S. homebuilder sentiment in April dipped to its lowest level in over seven years. It was the steepest monthly decline in the 30-year history of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

These Real Estate And Construction Industry Insiders Will Advise President Trump On Reopening The Economy-Bis Now. The White House announced the formation of Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups Tuesday night, made up of more than 200 people, largely corporate CEOs, who will give the president advice on when and how the federal government should reopen the economy.

COVID-19 pandemic exposing America’s water infrastructure crisis-The Hill. The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing another humanitarian crisis that is afflicting millions of people across the United States — the lack of safe, affordable water.

Contact our editors if you have COVID-19 news impacting the AEC industry to share.