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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 29, 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 29th


U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 150,000, as Hospitalizations Rise-Wall Street Journal. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approached 150,000 as fatalities and hospitalizations rose in parts of the country. The U.S. reported more than 61,000 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, a slight increase after two consecutive days of tallies below 60,000.

Coronavirus new case counts are falling nationwide, but some states still seeing record numbers-CNN. Even as the number of new coronavirus cases across the United States has dropped recently, several states are still setting distressing records. In Florida, where cases are declining, the state reported 186 deaths Tuesday, the most it has had in a single day.


Six U.S. states see record COVID-19 deaths, Latinos hit hard in California-Yahoo News. A half-dozen U.S. states reported one-day records for coronavirus deaths on Tuesday. Cases in Texas passed the 400,000 mark as California health officials said Latinos made up more than half its cases. Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas each reported record spikes in fatalities.


COVID-19: How California Went from Model State to Hot Spot-Healthline. Experts say the surge in COVID-19 cases in California happened because businesses reopened too soon and people didn’t follow guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease. They say California may have to lock down again if the rollback measures instituted by the governor the past month do not stem the tide.


Covid-19: Florida reports record one-day deaths as concerns grow for other states-The Guardian. Florida reported another record one-day rise in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday.Cases in Texas passed the 400,000 mark, fueling fear that the United States is still not taking control of the outbreak.


Virginia first state to enact COVID-19 emergency temporary standard-Construction Dive. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board has adopted an emergency temporary standard (ETS) containing the first state-level safety regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new standard went into effect on July 27.


Post-pandemic workplace design will not be the same for all-Building Design+Construction. Regardless of whether it takes 3 or 18 months to fully return to work, one thing is clear. The march toward re-emergence from this pandemic will likely be more gradual than a simultaneous return to life as we knew it.

An infrastructure stimulus plan for the COVID-19 recession-Brookings Institution. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the nation to its core. The ensuing economic contraction shows no signs of letting up. An infrastructure stimulus offers potential, but to maximize that, it must build greater economic opportunity.

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