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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 3, 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.

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

April 3rd


The world just passed 1 million COVID-19 infections. It’s been just 3 months since the first new coronavirus case was reported in China.-Business Insider. The number of people who have been infected by the coronavirus surpassed 1 million on Thursday. The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in late December in Wuhan, China, has reached at least 181 countries, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

US payrolls plunge 701,000 in March amid the start of a job market collapse-CNBC. Nonfarm payrolls dropped by 701,000 in March, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday that only begin to show the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus crisis.

NYC, LA advise residents to cover faces outdoors amid coronavirus pandemic-ABC News. Joining New York City, which made the announcement hours earlier, Los Angeles County citizens have been asked to cover their faces in public as well.



Gov. Newsom: Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 patients in California hospitals, 800-plus in ICU beds-San Jose Mercury News. Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed nearly 2,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of California, including more than 800 who are in intensive care unit beds.


$53M in funding announced for local governments in SE Michigan to fight COVID-19-Click On Detroit. Michigan’s U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have announced $53 million in funding for local governments in Southeast Michigan, to assist with battling coronavirus.


All construction now allowed in Austin after brief halts due to coronavirus concerns-KVUE. All construction is now allowed again in the City of Austin after some temporary halts due to coronavirus concerns, according to a letter released by the City of Austin Development Services Department Thursday night.


The latest: 1,730 COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, 31 deaths-WBAY. Wisconsin health officials now say 1,730 people in the state tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 31 people have died.


Consultant predicts a post-coronavirus ‘construction tsunami’-Construction Dive. The president’s decision this week to extend the country’s social distancing guidelines until April 30 was based partly on data from statistical models that predict the peaks and plateaus of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Models like these are also useful in forecasting when the economy will get back on track, according to a presenter at a Design-Build Institute of America webinar this week.

COVID-19: Confronting The New Normal-ENR. As the global pandemic rages, the construction industry copes with constantly shifting realities to keep projects, workforces, businesses and futures on track.

U.S. Jobsites Now Face Array of State COVID-19 Restrictions-ENR. As questions about worker safety mount as construction projects continue around the country, different job sites in the U.S. are facing different restrictions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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