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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 15, 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 15th


Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Spike in States across U.S.-Yahoo News. Several states across the country saw record spikes in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as many continue to reopen their economies. More than 25,000 new cases were reported across the country on Saturday. State health officials have partly attributed the spikes to the Memorial Day gatherings that took place at the end of last month.

Dow set to fall nearly 600 points as coronavirus fears grow in the US and China-CNN. Volatility has returned to the stock market, as the United States and China grapple with new coronavirus outbreaks. It’s a sign that the pandemic isn’t done wreaking havoc on the global economy.

Coronavirus Update: Dr. Fauci Says ‘Real Normality’ Is a Year Away-The Weather Channel. Dr. Fauci said the new coronavirus will linger in the country for months and it could be about a year before things return to normal. The US’ top infectious-diseases expert said states will need to institute isolation and contact tracing to prevent full-blown outbreaks. Coronavirus cases were increasing in 18 states as of Saturday.



Multiple New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported At Construction Sites In Santa Clara County-CBS Bay Area. Health authorities in Santa Clara County have identified multiple new cases of COVID-19 among construction workers in the county, prompting several sites to close down operations. The department said the cases identified this week among construction workers include those at four construction sites in the county.

California State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts for Sunday, June 14-Sierra Sun-Times. The California Department of Public Health announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California’s positivity rate remains stable in the 14-day average. Hospitalization rates remain stable over the long-term while showing a slight uptick in the 14-day average.


Florida sees 2 consecutive days of 2,000-plus new COVID-19 cases as more beaches reopen-ABC News. The state reported record levels of new COVID-19 cases this weekend as more beaches reopened in the Sunshine State. This comes as the state continues its phased reopening during the coronavirus pandemic.

New York

NY Sees Lowest Coronavirus Death Toll Since Pandemic Peak: Cuomo-The Patch. New York saw its lowest daily death toll from COVID-19 since the peak of the state’s coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. There were 23 deaths attributed to coronavirus Saturday, which Cuomo called the “lowest number ever.”


The Impact of COVID-19 on the AEC Industry-Aecumen. This video blog features a conversation with William R. Long about the state of the AEC industry, where the vertical markets are headed, and what AEC firms should be doing right now to prepare. Bill is associate vice president with P. Agnes Construction, trainer with PSMJ Resources, and adjunct faculty with Drexel University.

A new report on how campus buildings can reopen safely-Building Design+Construction. As colleges and universities weigh how to reopen their campuses in the fall, the standard government, health, and academic guidelines may not be practical for large numbers of students in one place. To contribute to this discussion, a recent white paper studies the facility impacts of physical distancing and to envision solutions.

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