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COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 6, 2020


COVID-19 & AEC Update: August 6, 2020

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 6th


Majority of Americans Think U.S. Should Have 2-Week Nationwide Lockdown as COVID Pandemic Surges: Poll-Newsweek. A majority of Americans support the U.S. having a two-week nationwide lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, as new infections and deaths continue to rise across the country, new polling has shown.

Experts Push for Rapid, but Less Accurate, Tests-New York Times. In rethinking the U.S. testing strategy, some say it’s better to test often if the results can come quickly. But an enormous supply of testing kits would be needed.

What Astronauts Can Teach Us about Working Remotely-Industry Week. Space explorers know a thing or two about teamwork in isolation and confinement. What happens to teamwork during extended periods of isolation and confinement? While that sounds like a question tailored for much of today’s housebound workforce, it’s actually a research topic that professors Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch have studied in an entirely different context: space travel.



Serious breakdown in California systems cause inaccurate coronavirus numbers-Associated Press. A breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test data is hampering California’s pandemic response, with some public health officials resorting to counting results by hand and a growing number of counties warning the public that statistics provided by the state on infection rates are unreliable.


As Florida’s Covid-19 Cases Pass 500,000, Desperate Cities And Counties Fight For Dwindling Federal Dollars-Forbes. One of the country’s hardest-hit states, Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus infections on Wednesday against a backdrop of dwindling federal aid that has turned local governments against each other.

New York

New York City to Set Up Checkpoints to Enforce Quarantine of Travelers-Route50. New York City is setting up checkpoints on bridges and tunnels into the city to enforce quarantine restrictions on incoming travelers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. Enforcement teams will deploy to key entry points in the city to ensure incoming travelers complete health forms that request contact information and to inform them of the two-week quarantine requirement


Air Purifiers with Filters that ‘Kill’ Coronavirus Are in Production-ENR. The first mobile units of a new air purifier—with a heated nickel-foam filter that traps and zaps more than 99% of the coronavirus and anthrax spores—will be delivered to schools in Texas in time for the beginning of classes, says Integrated Viral Protection, which is commercializing the air filter developed by researchers at the University of Houston.


The Global Autonomous Construction Equipment Market Report 2020 Delves Into The Autonomous Construction Equipment Industry’s Recovery After The COVID-19 Crisis-GlobeNewsWire. According to The Business Research Company’s Global Autonomous Construction Equipment Market Report 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has led to rapid adoption of automation technologies as businesses are trying to build resilience to similar disruptions in the future.


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