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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 30, 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 30th


As US passes 150,000 coronavirus deaths, experts at Johns Hopkins call for reset in national response-CNN. On Wednesday, the U.S. surpassed 150,000 recorded Covid-19 deaths. The first death in the US was reported on February 29. The country reached 50,000 deaths 54 days later on April 23, and 34 days later, on May 27, crossed 100,000 deaths. It has taken 63 days to add another 50,000 to reach the 150,000 mark.

U.S. Leads the Globe as Coronavirus Deaths Pass 150,000, Hospitalizations Rise-Wall Street Journal. Deaths in the U.S. from the new coronavirus topped 150,000 on Wednesday, with the country leading the globe in the number of cases and fatalities. In California, Florida and Texas, the seven-day average daily death toll was more than the 14-day average.


US coronavirus deaths near 150,000 as 21 states declared ‘red zones’-The Guardian. The nation recorded the deadliest day of the summer in the last 24 hours, with more than 1,200 confirmed coronavirus deaths, the highest daily toll reported by the country since May. The states in the “red zone” each had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week, according to internal federal figures.

North Carolina

Record high hospital cases for COVID-19 continue in North Carolina-Raleigh News & Observer. North Carolina reached a new high for COVID-19 hospital cases for a second straight day Wednesday. The state also added 45 new deaths, a single-day high increase, to the pandemic’s death toll. The state Department of Health and Human Services listed hospitalizations at 1,291 statewide, increasing by 47 patients since Tuesday.


216 newly reported Florida coronavirus deaths is second daily record in a row-Orlando Sentinel. Florida on Wednesday reported over 200 coronavirus fatalities for the first time in a daily update with 216, bringing the number of state residents dead from the virus to 6,333. These numbers came just after Florida had set a record Tuesday with 186 reported fatalities, a day that pushed the death toll among residents past 6,000.


Another day, another record for new cases in Missouri — now a federal ‘red zone’-St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On Wednesday, Missouri topped its single-day high for new cases for the 10th time this month. The state added 1,927 cases, 154 more than the previous high set a day earlier. There was also an increase in positive tests, up to 9.6% from 8.6% one day prior. At the beginning of July about 4% of tests came back positive.


City Water and Sewer Utilities Face Losing a Generation of Needed Infrastructure Investments-US Conference of Mayors. A review of city utility spending in the pre- and post-Great Recession sheds light on what happens when national economic disruptions occur. This information might be helpful in anticipating impacts from the COVID-19 recession.

How COVID-19 is transforming hotel design, construction-Construction Dive. Newly released research points to the ways that hotel design, renovation and construction projects are being shaped by COVID-19. Hotel owners and developers will put a greater emphasis on health-related features such as high-performance ventilation systems, indoor/outdoor architecture and antimicrobial finishes to heighten guests’ wellbeing and safety.

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