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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 1, 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.

July 1st


Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans-The Hill. The Senate on Tuesday cleared legislation to extend the deadline for businesses to apply for coronavirus aid under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will expire at the end of Tuesday.

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders-JD Supra. Governors and public health officials across the country have implemented stringent measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19, such as safer at home orders. Face coverings are likely to remain popular as a preventative measure, and numerous jurisdictions have encouraged—or mandated—citizens to wear face coverings when out in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained effectively.
Live updates: Fauci warns U.S. is ‘going in the wrong direction’ and could see 100,000 coronavirus cases a day-Washington Post. The United States is “going in the wrong direction” when it comes to the novel coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday. If the current trajectory continues, the country could start seeing 100,000 new cases each day, more than double the current rate, he predicted at a Senate hearing.


17 states are pausing reopening plans as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge. See the list-USA Today. The head of the CDC expressed concern about “significant increases” in coronavirus cases across the nation. He attributed this to increased testing, community transmission and individual outbreaks.

NY, NJ and CT expand quarantine advisories for travelers from 8 more states with high coronavirus rates-CNN. Governors in the northeast, once considered the US epicenter of the coronavirus, are tightening restrictions in their states for travelers from areas of the country now seeing upward trends in positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.


How Success Against the Coronavirus Turned to Crisis in California-Wall Street Journal. For most of the spring, California was a coronavirus success story. Now, just weeks after it began to reopen, new cases of Covid-19 are exploding across America’s most populous state, and public officials are quickly retrenching.


Austin’s positivity rate is the highest in the country. So what does that mean?-KVUE TV. In the past week, Texas had four of the top five positivity rates in America. Houston ranked third-highest in the nation, Dallas was fourth and San Antonio was fifth. But what does the positivity rate represent? Why is that important?


Report: US cities’ massive budget cuts impact infrastructure, capital expenses-Construction Dive. Nearly three-quarters of municipalities in the U.S. have made budget cuts and adjustments due to the effects of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey. The survey also predicts that cities will lose a total of $360 billion in revenue over the next three years.

Building partnerships within the construction industry to tackle workforce development head on-Philadelphia Business Journal. Eighty percent of contractors have trouble finding talent to fill the craft positions that represent the majority of the industry’s workforce, according to an industry-wide study.

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