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COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 27, 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 27th


U.S. says testing not needed for some exposed to COVID-19, sparking outcry-Reuters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that people exposed to COVID-19 but not symptomatic may not need to be tested. This change in tone is shocking to doctors and politicians and prompting accusations the guidance was politically motivated.

Coronavirus cases fell by 15% this week-Axios. New coronavirus infections fell by almost 15% over the past week, continuing a downward trend. The U.S. is averaging roughly 41,700 new confirmed cases per day, down from about 49,000 per day last week. Regardless, the standard caveats still apply — progress can always fall apart, the U.S. is climbing down from a very high number of cases, and this is far from over.



California could see a quarter-million coronavirus tests a day under new state plan-Los Angeles Times. Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California has signed a contract to more than double the number of coronavirus tests that can be processed in the state. The goal is to eventually expand capacity to roughly a quarter of a million tests per day.


Nearly 9,000 Florida Children Diagnosed With Coronavirus in Two Weeks as Schools Reopen-Newsweek. The number of Florida children diagnosed with the coronavirus has increased by nearly 9,000 over the past two weeks as schools across the state begin to reopen. There are currently 48,730 confirmed cases among children under 18, according to a recent pediatric report.


Georgia is among worst states in the nation for new Covid-19 cases but the governor is defending his strategy-CNN. A spokeswoman for the governor of Georgia pushed back on questions about a lack of progress made in combating COVID-19 in Georgia. The latest report from the White House Task Force on coronavirus shows Georgia is in a “fragile” state and could suffer more without further aggressive actions to control the virus.


COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas dip below 5,000 for the first time since June, state reports-KSAT. The number of  Texans hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped below 5,000 for the first time since June. A total of 4,907 patients remain in hospitals as of Tuesday. This shows an encouraging trend downward following a surge in July.


How the Construction Industry Can Break Out of COVID-19’s ‘Groundhog Day’-The Legal Intelligencier. During the COVID-19 pandemic, marked by industry shutdowns, limited openings, mask rules, social distancing, furloughs and the resulting hit to the economy, each day can feel the same, too. Many in the construction industry certainly can relate.

Coronavirus Pandemic Lifts Drones Higher In The Construction Chain Of Command-BisNow. When the coronavirus stalled travel and on-site construction visits in March, the industry’s construction drones took flight. Now, they’re being used on more sites as teams get creative to work despite challenges surrounding COVID-19.

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