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COVID-19 & AEC Update: July 8, 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 8th


Coronavirus updates: US sets another grim record with over 60,000 new cases in a day-ABC News. A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 544,000 people worldwide. Since the first cases were detected in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 131,480 deaths.

The US is about to reach 3 million coronavirus cases. Here’s what happened in the days leading up to it-CNN. The coronavirus pandemic is ravaging parts of the country and affecting numerous aspects of American life. Now, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is nearing 3 million. While the future of the pandemic in the US is still unclear, here’s what has happened in the last few days.



California coronavirus cases surge more than 10,000 in single day-Reuters. On Tuesday, California reported more than 10,000 coronavirus cases. This is a record rise for a single day that also surpassed the number of contact tracers recently trained by the state to detect and prevent potential outbreaks.


Georgia surpasses 100,000 total coronavirus cases. Take a look at 24-hour trends-Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported over 100,000 cumulative COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Here are some key takeaways from the latest data.

New York

New York’s MTA needs billions in federal funding after COVID-19 crisis-Construction Dive. As the state’s grappled with the public health crisis, work on MTA projects slowed or halted so that sites could get up to speed with new safety protocols. This included social distancing practices, enhanced cleaning, health screenings for jobsite employees and teleworking for and MTA office workers.


Texas Sets State Record With More Than 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Tuesday-NPR. The state of Texas smashed its previous record for single-increases in coronavirus cases. Texas reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, becoming latest state to reach this grim milestone. Florida did so earlier in this month and New York in April.


First Look at Long List of AEC Firms Receiving PPP Loans-Engineering News-Record. Thousands of construction and design firms from all parts of the U.S. appear on lists of companies that have received federal Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. The PPP lists, released on July 6, do not specify individual loan figures, but instead categorize recipients according to several broad ranges of loan amounts.

Construction industry adds 158,000 workers in June but infrastructure jobs decline-Building Design+Construction. Construction employment increased by 158,000 jobs in June, but employment related to infrastructure slipped according to a recent analysis. Officials said additional infrastructure-building job losses are inevitable unless the federal government replenishes depleted state/local budgets for roads and other public works.

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