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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 20, 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 20th


U.S. reports more than 70,000 new coronavirus infections for second day in a row-CNBC. The U.S. reported more than 70,000 new coronavirus infections for the second day in a row, as of Saturday. New cases are increasing in nearly all 50 states. 19 states hit their own record highs in average daily new cases.

US cities with soaring coronavirus rates consider new stay-at-home orders but some governors object-CNN. Some cities hit hard by COVID-19 are warning more drastic measures could lie ahead as officials try to contain coronavirus. The different approaches are just some examples of the conversations between local and state leaders across the US as cases surge and hospital capacities dwindle.



San Francisco Mayor Frustrated as Virus Cases Rise Statewide-NBC Bay Area. San Francisco joined California’s coronavirus watch list on Friday, with the mayor expressing frustration about people attending social gatherings against health officials’ advice. She also attributed the rise in cases to people returning to work.


Florida among states hit hardest by COVID-19 with reports of over 12,000 new cases—again-Fox 59. A month ago, Florida reported almost 4,000 new coronavirus cases, a record increase in its numbers. On Sunday, the state reported more than triple that number, with 12,478 additional cases and 87 deaths.


Georgia sets new record for number of new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period-WSB TV. The state of Georgia recorded the highest single-day number of new coronavirus cases Saturday, with 4,689 positive results. The previous record was set on July 10 with 4,484 new cases.


With 4 in 5 Texans living in a “red zone,” coronavirus hot spots are moving targets-Texas Tribune. Early hot spots have been eclipsed by new regions in crisis. Now that so much of Texas is battling major coronavirus outbreaks, some severely ill patients have to travel long distances to receive the care they need.


Construction Shows Signs of Life, But Recent COVID-19 Trends Could Derail Recovery-Globe StreetMay’s gain in starts was fueled by a handful of very large projects, but June’s gain appears to be much more organic in nature. While nonresidential construction is moving upwards, recent spikes in coronavirus cases in some states could dampen recovery, according to a construction industry chief economist.

Risky behaviors more prevalent in construction, study finds-Construction Dive. New research from the NIOSH suggests that several behaviors that contribute to higher health risks are more prevalent among construction employees than workers in other industries. Previous studies suggested that construction workers who exhibit certain health risk behaviors may be more likely to experience work-related injuries.

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