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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 14, 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 14th


As U.S. Surge in Coronavirus Cases Continues, Some States Tighten Rules-Wall Street Journal. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. continued to surge Monday, with some states instituting new measures to stem transmission, while some countries where the virus once appeared to be contained imposed new restrictions to combat fresh outbreaks.

Where COVID-19 is spreading fastest in the United States-Reuters. The United States reported over 400,000 new COVID-19 cases for the week ended July 12, up 21% from the previous seven days. Deaths linked to the respiratory disease rose nationally last week for the first time since mid-April.


COVID-19 Reinvades U.S. States That Beat It Back Once-Bloomberg Law. Many places that suffered most in the first wave of infections, including California, Louisiana, Michigan and Washington state, are seeing case counts climb again after months of declines. Hospitalizations and, in some places, deaths are rising, too.


Gov. Gavin Newsom rolls back coronavirus reopening for California-KCRA News. Businesses are closing again in more than two dozen counties after Gov. Newsom on Monday rolled back the state’s reopening amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Many businesses across Northern California have to reduce or close down operations and are concerned about what happens next.


Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries-Reuters. The state of Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday. The state’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there.


Texas Positivity Rate Reaches Record-High as Houston Leaders Call for City Lockdown-NBC Dallas/Forth Worth. The COVID-19 positivity rate in Texas reached a record-high as top officials in Houston call for the city to lock back down. The positivity rate jumped to 16.33% Saturday, up from the previous high of 15.85%, recorded on April 12.


Materials prices rise for second straight month since COVID-19 crisis began-Construction Dive. For the second month since the coronavirus pandemic began, prices of construction materials have risen. Nonresidential construction input prices rose by 2.3% in June, according to a data analysis released last week. This follows a rise in prices of 0.8% in May.

4 technologies for improving building sanitization in a post-pandemic society-Building Design+Construction. The long-term impact of COVID-19 will transform future building design practices to prioritize public health and mitigate the risk of spreading infection. Technologies that have long been utilized in hospitals and medical centers, but have not been widely embraced in other sectors due to additional costs, may see wider integration in other public buildings.

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