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COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 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.

August 3rd


Live updates: U.S. coronavirus outbreaks are ‘extraordinarily widespread,’ says Birx-Washington Post. The United States has entered a “new phase” of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Deborah Birx, the physician overseeing the White House’s epidemic response, said Sunday. Outbreaks are increasing in rural and urban areas, touching isolated parts of the country that were counting on remoteness to keep them safe.

Coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled and one doctor says it’s time for stricter measures-CNN. The US has entered a “new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, a top expert says, with cases rising in both urban and rural areas. More than 4.6 million Americans have been infected and at least 154,859 have died according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus update: Counties where COVID-19 is growing fastest across the US-USA Today. 24/7 Wall Street compiled and reviewed data to determine the county in each state where the virus is spreading the fastest using data from state and local health departments. They excluded counties with populations of fewer than 5,000 people, as well as those with fewer than 20 reported new cases in the past 14 days.


COVID-19 updates: California reports over 509,000 cases statewide as deaths top 9,350-The Desert Sun. California public health officials announced Sunday that the state has now seen 509,162 total confirmed coronavirus cases. This number is up by more than 9,000 from Saturday’s count. There have been 9,356 deaths in California since the start of the pandemic.


Florida health officials report roughly 7,000 new cases of COVID-19-Click Orlando. As Tropical Storm Isaias comes to Florida’s east coast, the department of health recorded 7,104 new coronavirus cases Sunday. The new numbers send the state’s overall total to 487,132 infections.


Local government employees across Puget Sound region will keep working remotely until 2021, due to COVID-19-The Seattle Times. Many local government employees around the Puget Sound region will continue working from home until 2021. Leaders from several local counties and cities in the region announced this join decision last week.


Cities That Heal: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Urban Design-WBUR Radio. In the age of coronavirus, can we design cities that heal? WBUR Radio talked with an architect and urban planner about how better urban design could improve human health.

Construction spending plummets in worst downturn on record-The Daily Reporter. Although the construction industry has generally continued working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, new figures released last week show contractors are not immune to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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