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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 24, 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 24th


Medical experts urge US to shut down and start over as coronavirus cases surpass 4 million-CNN. The US hit a sobering 4 million cases of COVID-19, and the rising daily rate of confirmed cases and hospitalizations suggest the virus is far from under control. Medical experts are urging political leaders to shut down the country and start over to contain the pandemic.

U.S. Hits 4 Million Cases Of Coronavirus — Adding A Million New Cases In Just 15 Days-National Public Radio. Another day and another mind-boggling milestone: 4 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus. The U.S. hit the 3 million mark just 15 days ago.



‘It’s Emotional Whiplash’: California Is Once Again at the Center of the Virus Crisis-New York Times. California was the first to issue a stay-at-home order, helping to control an early outbreak. It has now surpassed New York for the most known cases of the virus. If America is experiencing a sense of national déjà vu, with coronavirus deaths rising and hospitalizations at a level similar to the spring peak, that feeling is perhaps nowhere more intense than in California.


Florida breaks record with 173 COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday, 10,249 new cases-Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Department of Health announced 10,249 new cases of COVID-19 in Floriday on Thursday. The number of reported deaths of Florida residents rose by 173 to 5,518, which is the largest single-day number of deaths since the pandemic began.


Rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Illinois could bring consequences-WICS-TV. For weeks, Illinois had a good handle on keeping the number of cases from climbing. But recently, there’s been an alarming increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Since the state moved into Phase 4, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health’s Director said the increase is probably from the reopening of more activities and bars and restaurants.


July 23 COVID-19 case totals: Texas reports more than 9,500 new cases, 173 deaths-KHOU TV. Texas’ Department of State Health Services reported 9,507 new COVID-19 cases and 173 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday. The DSHS said over the seven-day span, the state averaged 9,116 new cases per day and 10,664 current hospitalizations as of July 22.


How a Pennsylvania contractor employs a team approach to COVID-19 challenges-Construction Dive. In this series of conversations with industry leaders about the effect of COVID-19, Construction Dive spoke with Stephanie Schmidt. Schmidt is president of Poole Anderson Construction, a 96-year-old construction firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Construction experts say pandemic leaves questions for industry-KSHB-TV. The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving a lot of industries with questions about the future, including the commercial construction industry in Kansas City. There is a loss in some small projects. However, some experts have said employment is about the same because the work is considered essential.

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