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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 12, 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 12th


Hoyer: Infrastructure package to hit floor this month-The Hill. House Democrats will bring a sweeping infrastructure package to the floor by the end of the month, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday. The package, authored by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio, is part of the Democrats’ response to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis that has followed.

Wall Street’s party is over. Coronavirus fears are back-CNN. The runaway train on Wall Street has been derailed by a force nearly as powerful as easy money: a healthy dose of reality. The Dow plunged 1,862 points, or 6.9%, on Thursday in the biggest selloff since March 16.

Why are states seeing a sudden increase in coronavirus cases? Experts have more than one answer-USA Today. New York and Chicago, which saw a surge of coronavirus cases at the start of the pandemic, are experiencing a decline in cases and have begun reopening in phases. But that trend doesn’t hold throughout the rest of the country.



Arizona sees alarming surge of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases daily-The Guardian. The state of Arizona is seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. Arizona is dealing with more than 1,000 new infections per day, prompting one lawmaker to criticize the state’s governor for failing to highlight the “seriousness” of the situation.


Los Angeles activities continue to reopen even as county sees spike in coronavirus cases-ABC 7 News. As businesses throughout the region begin to reopen, Los Angeles County is seeing a new spike in coronavirus cases. In the county’s update Thursday, health officials reported the single highest one-day total since the pandemic. County officials emphasized that 600 of those cases are from a backlog of test results.


Florida Reports Highest Daily Increase in Coronavirus Cases Since Outbreak Began-NewsWeek. New cases of the novel coronavirus reached a record single-day high in Florida on Thursday, according to the state’s Department of Health. Outside of Monday’s virus update, Florida’s health authorities have confirmed at least 1,000 new positive tests every day since June 3.

New York

NY should brace itself for a COVID-19 resurgence-City & State. There may well be more cases in New York soon, but there are multiple potential contributing factors, including the state’s reopening and more socializing due to warmer weather, lockdown fatigue and laxer attitudes among the public.


COVID-19 updates June 11: Oregon’s reopening put on hold-KGW 8 News. Across the state of Oregon, pending Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications will be put on hold by one week. Over the last five days, the Oregon Health Authority has reported at least 100 new coronavirus cases three times. That spike is what has the governor and health officials concerned.


Construction Industry Sees Supply Chain Shift Away From China, Spooked Capital Markets-BisNow. Construction leaders remain optimistic overall about the market but said the capital markets are spooked, giving rise to difficulties in procuring parts of the capital stack while sparking greater interest in relationship banking and regional and local bankers.

Pandemic speeds up digital transformation in construction-Pitchbook. A growing number of US states are allowing construction companies to resume projects as part of reopening plans. These projects come with mandatory safety standards and rules. These rules have prompted construction tech startups to highlight existing capabilities to an industry that can be slow to adopt digital innovations.

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