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COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 26, 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.

August 26th


COVID-19 child cases in the US have increased by 21% since early August, new data shows-CNN. More than 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in children have been reported across the US since early August, new data shows. Child cases increased by 21% between August 6 and August 20, and more than 440,000 children have been infected in the US since the start of the pandemic, the report said.

More U.S. colleges see spike in COVID-19 cases after classes resume-Reuters. More U.S. colleges were grappling with high numbers of students testing positive for the coronavirus just days into the start of the fall semester. This comes after some universities rolled back their campus reopening plans in recent weeks.


Despite overall US coronavirus cases declining, experts are warning that middle America is seeing spikes in cases as colleges reopen-Business Insider. Coronavirus cases in the US overall are declining but experts worry as the midwest experience surges and students return to colleges. Daily average cases dropped by 21% from the beginning of the month to 43,000 new cases daily on Tuesday.


Florida confirmed 9K new COVID-19 cases among children within 15 days as schools reopen-The Hill. The state confirmed almost 9,000 new COVID-19 cases among children within 15 days in August as schools reopen. The Department of Health recorded a total of 48,730 confirmed coronavirus cases among children. The data shows an increase of 8,995 confirmed cases since the previous report.


Georgia no longer worst state for coronavirus transmission-WRDW-TV. The state of Georgia has given up the dubious title of being the state where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. Georgia dipped below Mississippi in recent days for rate of spread, according to a 14-day average kept by The Associated Press. However, the virus is still spreading rapidly in the Peach State compared to other places.


Houston’s COVID-19 positivity rate drops to lowest point since May-KHOU Channel 11. Twenty-five days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner challenged Houston to work to drop a soaring 23% COVID-19 positivity rate, the city is within striking range. With a week left in August, Houston’s positivity rate is down to 9.2%. That’s the lowest since late May and now just 4% away from Turner’s goal.


When should contractors use COVID-19 liability waivers?-Construction Dive. As a result of the novel coronavirus’ spread, construction industry players are preparing for permanent changes to the way they do business. Other changes that contractors could encounter moving forward will be in their contracts, both between the owner and general contractor and between the general contractor and subcontractor.

COVID-19 Impacts: Global Dry Construction Market will Accelerate at a CAGR of almost 5% through 2020-2024-Business Wire. Technavio has been monitoring the global dry construction market size, and it’s poised to grow by $22.73 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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