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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 17, 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 17th


More than 77,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the US on Thursday, the most ever-CNN. For the first time, the numbers of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 77,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping the previous high of 67,791 two days ago.

America is in the midst of an extraordinary surge of COVID-19-The Economist. At the start of June, when cases and deaths looked to be declining after reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 dead, America appeared to have managed its epidemic as well as Europe—neither superbly nor awfully. But then they diverged.



Can California contain coronavirus surge? Next two weeks will be critical-Los Angeles Times. The next two weeks are shaping up to be critical for California. State officials wait to see if the sweeping restrictions imposed in late June and July show any signs of slowing the rapid spread of coronavirus across the state.


Georgia named among 18 states in COVID-19 ‘red zone’-Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The state of Georgia has been deemed a “red zone” state, meaning it is one of 18 states that had more than 100 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people last week and had more than 10% of diagnostic tests coming back as positive.


Florida continues to set tragic records-USA Today. For the second time in the past three days, Florida reported a daily record for COVID-19 deaths. The state also reported its second-highest positive cases Thursday, increasing Florida’s cumulative total to 315,775.

New York

NYC construction inspectors issue 41 coronavirus-related stop work orders-Construction Dive. During its first five days of actively enforcing new COVID-19 safety protocols, New York City’s Department of Buildings issued 88 citations. This included 41 stop work orders, at construction sites throughout the city.


How the pandemic is impacting construction projects in Downtown Austin-KVUE TV. A recent study shows that when it comes to downtown construction, people anticipate new development projects currently under construction will be completed. Meanwhile, the projects still in the planning phase will potentially be delayed until there is greater confidence in the market.

How-To Conduct a Virtual Inspection-Globe Street. Virtual inspections have become necessary to move transactions and comply with regulations during the pandemic. While lenders have been flexible in using virtual inspections as part of the underwriting process, in-person inspections will likely be the preference in the future.

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