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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 31, 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 31st


U.S. reports more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths for fourth consecutive day-Washington Post. For the fourth straight day, the United States has witnessed more than 1,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, with 1,249 reported Thursday. This nationwide total was slightly lower than Wednesday, when 1,400 coronavirus-related deaths were reported, the worst day in more than two months for deaths from the disease.

Senate rejects dueling coronavirus bills as unemployment cliff looms-The Hill. On Thursday, the Senate rejected two competing proposals for coronavirus relief. This comes as Congress struggles to break an impasse over a fifth stimulus bill. The $600 federal boost to unemployment benefits passed as part of the March bill is set to expire on Friday.


Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll tops 150,000 as Florida, California, North Carolina and Idaho set one-day records-MarketWatch. The U.S. counted more than 1,400 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, boosting the total to more than 150,000. This comes as Florida, California, North Carolina and Idaho all recorded record single-day totals, the latest sign the pandemic is far from contained.

U.S. coronavirus epicenter shifts toward Midwestern states-Reuters. The epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States showed signs of shifting to the Midwest on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sunbelt states were hopeful that new infections and deaths were starting to decline.


Florida breaks state’s single-day death record for third day in a row-CBS News. The state of Florida reported 253 new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The fatalities mark the third day in a row Florida’s reported its highest single-day death toll during the pandemic.


COVID-19 updates: Texas adds record number of deaths for second straight day-ABC 8 Dallas. Texas reported a record number of coronavirus deaths Thursday, one day after setting its previous high. Texas set a record 322 new COVID-19 deaths, a day after the state added 302. There have now been 6,274 total deaths since tracking began in March.


Readers Respond: COVID-19 will disrupt construction for at least another year-Construction Dive. As the pandemic stretches into its fifth month, disruptions at businesses across the country have lasted longer than many anticipated. Instead of the hope that the crisis would be over within a few months or the end of summer at the latest, it’s now clear the U.S. will be dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak for a more prolonged period.

62% of metros shed construction jobs from June 2019 to June 2020 as Association calls for new infrastructure funding, other relief steps-Building Design+Construction. Construction employment decreased in 62% of metro areas between June 2019 and last month despite widespread increases from May to June. Association officials urged government officials to enact liability reform, boost infrastructure investments and extend tax credits to help the industry recover and rebuild.

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