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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 2, 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 2nd


Another Unwanted U.S. Record: 50,000 New Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day-NPR. In a grim accounting of the coronavirus’ progress in the United States, another milestone was reached Wednesday: more than 50,000 new cases reported in a single day.

House Passes $1.5T Infrastructure Funding Bill-Law 360. The House on Wednesday passed an estimated $1.5 trillion surface transportation and infrastructure investment bill that lays out ambitious goals for rehabbing aging highways, rail and transit systems, and more. The Moving Forward Act also aggressively tackles climate change and environmental reforms.


A closer look at how 4 states are battling coronavirus with very different outcomes-ABC News. In New York, caseload and fatality rates have been driven down to levels not seen since early spring. By contrast, the virus is raging in several states in the South and West, propelling the United States to record numbers of daily cases and setting the nation on edge about as leaders move to stem the tide.


California to close indoor businesses in some counties as coronavirus cases hit record highs-CNBC. The state of California has ordered indoor businesses to close across 19 counties as the state deals with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.  The order applies to some of the state’s biggest counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara.


Georgia sets record with 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours-Fox 5 Atlanta. The state of Georgia has set another single-day record for an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Nearly 3,000 new cases were added Wednesday as Georgia’s governor continues to urge residents to mask up.

New York

Cuomo: ‘We have to stay ahead of the virus’; indoor dining postponed in New York City-Newsday. State and city officials said New York City won’t permit indoor dining to resume next week as expected. Gov. Cuomo said the decision is postponed “until the facts change and it is prudent to open.”


COVID-19 presents new challenges for minority-owned construction firms-Construction Dive. Most government agencies have in programs in place for minority, disadvantaged, veteran and women-owned enterprises. Factor in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation that many minority-owned construction companies find themselves in could get grimmer.

When Coronavirus Cases Spike at Construction Jobsites-Engineering News-Record. When COVID-19 took hold in several US states in early spring, many contractors responded by quickly adopting federal workplace safety guidelines for disinfecting surfaces and maintaining social distancing. While the new safety systems seem to have a positive impact, cases at jobsites could still spike.

The great reset and our new work life-Building Design+Construction. We have a rare opportunity to apply lessons learned as we return to the office. By reframing our approach to work and life together, we can create a new, long-range vision of a safe, healthy, connected and balanced life. These five key work-life values can help us guide our return to the office.

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