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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 16, 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 16th


Trump Team Weighs $1 Trillion for Infrastructure to Spur Economy-Bloomberg. The Trump administration is preparing a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure proposal as part of its push to spur the world’s largest economy back to life, according to people familiar with the plan. A preliminary version being prepared by the Department of Transportation would reserve most of the money for traditional infrastructure work, like roads and bridges, but would also set aside funds for 5G wireless infrastructure and rural broadband, the people said.

Is this the second wave of COVID-19 in the U.S.? Or are we still in the first?-NBC News. In May, it seemed like the coronavirus was finally ebbing. National case counts had leveled off. States had started the process of reopening. Now, cases are rising again, prompting fears that a second wave has hit the U.S. A second wave of the coronavirus suggests that the first wave has come and gone. That hasn’t happened.

Why a 2nd shutdown over coronavirus might be worse than the 1st — and how to prevent it-CNN. It’s an outcome no one wants but could become a “harsh reality”: a second wave of shutdowns. Weeks after lifting stay-at-home orders, some states are seeing record numbers of hospitalizations from Covid-19 as thousands more Americans get infected every day.


COVID-19 cases surging in Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma-Reuters. New cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in Alabama and South Carolina in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days, a Reuters analysis found, as 17 U.S. states reported weekly increases in the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Rising COVID-19 in Arizona Could Be Warning Sign as States Reopen-Healthline. Arizona is seeing a surge in reported COVID-19 cases right now. Masks are recommended, not required, in Arizona, which health experts say is contributing to the recent spike. Physical distancing isn’t being strictly adhered to, and Arizona is home to a large retirement community and indigenous communities more at-risk for COVID-19.

New York

New York could roll back reopening if coronavirus restrictions violated, Gov. Cuomo says-CNN. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned people on Sunday that high violations of Covid-19 restrictions could cause the state to roll back its reopening. Once the US epicenter of the pandemic, the state’s made a major turnaround as much of it edges towards fully reopening, with just 23 deaths announced Sunday.


Second Wave Of Coronavirus Likely To Hit Philadelphia Region, Penn Researcher Says-CBS Philadelphia. Research shows there will probably be a second wave in the Philadelphia area. However, it might not be as bad as other parts of the country if people continue to follow health recommendations.


Non-PPP financial relief options for contractors-Construction Dive. Congress earlier this month passed some changes to the program, though, that should clarify the rules and make the PPP more user friendly. But there are other options contractors should consider if they don’t want or cannot qualify for a PPP loan.

Three Keys to Technology Adoption in the Construction Industry-For Construction Pros. Once construction contractors understand the issues their companies face and are provided with effective solutions, there’s no turning back. Contractors who aren’t interested in falling behind their competition know this and are continually seeking ways to get ahead. For those that aren’t there yet, there are ways to start.

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