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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 10, 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 10th


13 states now report coronavirus testing issues, in echo of early troubles-ABC News. As coronavirus cases surge in much of the country, issues with testing availability and access have once again arisen in nearly every aspect of the testing supply chain. This represents a troubling echo of the shortages that plagued the nation’s initial response to the virus months ago.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Another Daily Record-Wall Street Journal. New coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose by more than 63,000, another single-day record, as hospitals in Texas, California and other states strain to accommodate a surge of new patients.


How Coronavirus Cases Have Risen Since States Reopened-New York Times. The current surge in coronavirus cases in the United States is being driven by states that were among the first to reopen their economies. These were decisions that epidemiologists warned could lead to a wave of infections.


California COVID-19 Cases Rise Sharply-NPR. The coronavirus is surging in California – with about 300,000 cases across the state. Many areas that had low numbers early on are now seeing a rise in positive tests and hospitalizations.


‘The curve is no longer flat’: Nearly half of Florida’s ICUs are at least 90% full-USA Today. Nearly half of Florida’s intensive-care units are at least 90% full, and more than 1 in 5 are completely full, according to state data. Hospitalizations have jumped more than 13% just since July 1 across the state. More than 17,100 Floridians have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.


Daily coronavirus numbers for Houston, rest of Texas-Houston Chronicle. Texas continues to set new records in COVID-19 hospitalizations while the average number of new cases climbs statewide. On Thursday, there were 9,689 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19 in the state, a record high and a 0.82% percent increase in hospitalizations from the previous record, set Wednesday.


Which face coverings are best for preventing jobsite coronavirus spread?-Construction Dive. While any face covering will help contain the usual droplets that come from coughing, sneezing and even speaking, there are things to look for in a face-covering to maximize job site safety from the coronavirus. High-quality face coverings are especially important for industries such as construction, where employees are often in close contact.

Shipping container classrooms and prefab bathrooms: The construction industry evolves amid COVID-19-East Bay Times. Shrink-wrap coverings, prefab bathrooms and portable shipping containers — these are all part of the new normal as the construction industry adapts to safety protocols in a COVID-19 world. Moving forward, the industry is going to look different.

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