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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 11, 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.

June 11th


U.S. Hits 2 Million Coronavirus Cases As Many States See A Surge Of Patients-NPRThe U.S. has reached another dire landmark in its fight against COVID-19, surpassing 2 million confirmed cases Wednesday. New coronavirus infections are rising in at least 20 states, even as restrictions on continue to ease across the country.

Coronavirus deaths are expected to go down before a sharp rise in September, model shows-CNN. An influential model said the US death toll could reach 169,890 by October 1, with a possible range of about 133,000 to 290,000 deaths. Daily deaths are expected to decrease through June and July, then remain relatively stable through August before rising sharply in September, the model forecasts.



Construction unions call on Massachusetts governor to strengthen COVID-19 protections-Construction Dive. The president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council has asked Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker to take another look at the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan and provide more worker protections.


Labor caucus, AFL-CIO debut plan to protect workers back on the job-Michigan Advance. The Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus and the Michigan AFL-CIO on Monday unveiled a package of bills they say will help Michigan workers as they return to their jobs. The Workers First Reopening Plan is a series of 11 bills written with the aim of giving workers extra protections as the state reopens various economic sectors.


Texas reports a third straight day of record coronavirus hospitalizations-CNBC. State health authorities said 2,153 patients are sickened with Covid-19 in its hospitals, making Wednesday the third-straight day of record-breaking coronavirus hospitalizations. The new total is up from 2,056 patients on Tuesday and 1,935 patients Monday.


Phase 2 reopens construction projects in Clark County-The Columbian. Phase 1 allowed for limited construction activity to resume on projects that were underway in mid-March when Gov. Jay Inslee imposed the stay-at-home order. Builders and developers have been eagerly awaiting Phase 2, which allows all construction to resume, including new projects that have spent the past few months on hold.


Mnuchin Says New COVID-19 Recovery Legislation is Necessary-Engineering News-Record. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says another federal aid bill will be needed to help businesses and workers still recovering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

OSHA Answers Persistent Questions about Face Coverings, Surgical Masks and Respirators in the Workplace-For Construction Pros. The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators. In addition, the guidance notes the need for social distancing measures, even when workers are wearing cloth face coverings, and recommends following the CDC’s guidance on washing face coverings.

Construction companies adjust to working in the COVID-19 era-WLUC TV. Construction companies have been back at work for more than a month now, operating under strict COVID-19 return to work guidelines. Worksites look a little different now than they used to. Workers are getting used to new working conditions as their companies are busier than ever.

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