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COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 24, 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.

Note: This week will be the final week of our Daily COVID-19 Update. We will provide more information later this week about how you can stay involved with news from DBIA.

August 24th


Coronavirus hasn’t stopped groups from gathering, but it has led to grim consequences-CNN. Despite frequent warnings from health officials that big gatherings can spread Covid-19, large groups continue to congregate across the United States leading to outbreaks in communities, on college campuses and beyond. Universities in at least 19 states have reported outbreaks, some tied to large group gatherings.

By March, The US Counted 1,500 COVID-19 Cases. Scientists Say We’d Missed 100,000 More-Science Alert. Hidden COVID0-19 cases meant that by the time multiple American states began declaring emergencies and enforcing shutdowns in March, it was already too late to contain. According to new estimates, almost 109,000 people in the US might actually have been infected by 12 March, at which point only 1,514 reported cases of local transmission had been reported.



California coronavirus case average, hospitalizations reach seven-week low-The Mercury News. The state of California reported the fewest average coronavirus cases and total hospitalizations this week in nearly two months. The state’s seven-day average for new cases hit 6,662 Friday, the lowest it’s been since July 5.


Florida coronavirus: Positivity rate drops 2%, lowest since early June-WFLA Tampa. State health officials reported a 4.89 positivity rate among new cases of coronavirus Saturday, which is the lowest rate since June 13. The state reported 4,311 new cases and 106 virus fatalities on Saturday, according to the latest report from the state’s health department.


Ga. DPH reports 1,700+ confirmed cases of COVID-19-WTOC News. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,727 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Aug. 23rd. This brings the total to 253,949 confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began. 5,132 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported across the state. 40 new deaths were reported Sunday.


Texas Education Agency announces new COVID-19 tracking system for public schools-Community Impact Newspaper. A new tracking system will monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools statewide starting in September. School systems will be required to report COVID-19 cases, and this data including cases and outbreaks on campuses will be posted publicly.


Reconstruction could be COVID-19’s silver lining-Building Design+Construction. The spread of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the U.S. and worldwide economies. But that spread also created health and wellness scenarios for the built environment that lend themselves to reconstruction and renovation, say AEC firms.

Rough Times for Heavy Iron During COVID-19-Engineering News-Record. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., equipment makers and distributors were in a good place. But as the pandemic continues, construction shutdowns and a pullback in private construction have distributors and suppliers facing tough choices.

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