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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 7, 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 7th


US is still ‘knee-deep’ in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci says-CNN. In the span of a week and a half, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has doubled, yet officials are saying this is still the first wave of the pandemic.”I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline … that really never got down to where we wanted to go.”

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb but Some States Push On With Reopenings-Wall Street Journal. Coronavirus cases are rising in parts of the U.S., even as some states lift restrictions. The number of cases in the U.S. rose by about 45,000 on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.


Coronavirus hospitalizations grow in 23 states as Texas admissions soar to new record-CNBC. Texas reported more than 8,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, among the highest in the U.S.  The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 grew by 5% or more in 23 states. Arizona, California, Nevada and Georgia have also seen growing Covid-19 hospitalizations.


California coronavirus spikes worsen over holiday weekend-Los Angeles Times. The coronavirus outlook in California worsened over the holiday weekend, as hospitalizations continued to rise and more counties were added to Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 watch list. That list is now at its highest level since the pandemic began.


Florida schools ordered to reopen next month-Click Orlando. Schools in Florida will open this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which shows no signs of slowing, according to a statewide executive order. Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed the order Monday, with the stated goal of reopening all brick-and-mortar schools for at least five days a week for all students beginning in August.


Washington adds over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering previous single-day record-KOMO News. For the first time since the pandemic began, Washington state reported over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. This shattered the previous single-day record set last week. The Washington Department of Health reported 1,087 new coronavirus cases Monday.


Hard hat device facilitates social distancing, contact tracing-Construction Dive. WakeCap hard-hat devices track the location of workers in order to improve efficiency and safety. Construction managers then realized the wearable system might help them recreate the affected worker’s interactions with others.

6 Dispute Prevention Steps As Lawsuits Rise Amid Pandemic-LAW360. As the unprecedented global pandemic has disrupted businesses and lives worldwide, prevention may be the best legal as well as medical remedy. The onslaught of pandemic-related litigation has already begun with more looming on the horizon, and they run the gamut from consumer debt collection, employment, force majeure, insurance coverage, business disruption, supply chain, manufacturing, construction and myriad other disputes.

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