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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 29, 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 29th


Rural U.S. states risk joining Florida, Arizona and Texas among viral hot spots as global COVID-19 cases hit 10 million-MarketWatch. While much of the concern in the U.S. has been on big states like Texas, Arizona and Florida reporting thousands of new cases a day, rural states are also seeing surges of infections, including in Kansas, where livestock outnumber people.

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases-CNN. Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only two US states reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases. Thirty-six states reported a rise, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter for infections. Officials there and across the country are also warning of an increase in cases among younger people.


Arizona, Florida, Texas are latest coronavirus epicenters-Washington Post. Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 2.5 million on Sunday as a crushing new wave of infections continued to bear down throughout the country’s South and West. There have been more than 40,500 new daily cases across the nation.


Newsom orders bars closed in 7 California counties including L.A. due to coronavirus spread-Los Angeles Times. Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of California, Gov. Newsom ordered seven counties including Los Angeles on Sunday to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended eight other counties take action on their own to close those businesses.

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo: New York just had lowest COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths since March 15-AMNY. New York experienced its lowest death toll and number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 on Saturday since the outbreak began, Gov. Cuomo announced on Sunday morning. There were only 616 positive coronavirus tests out of the 61,906 administered on Saturday.


What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world-Seattle Times. Most people in Washington are now required to wear a face covering in public to slow the spread of coronavirus. The CDC said last week that it has revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor.


Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts-U.S. Government Accountability Office. As part of the CARES Act, GAO is providing a bimonthly report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This initial report examines key actions the federal government has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving lessons learned relevant to the nation’s response to pandemics.

Infection control in buildings in the age of the coronavirus-Building Design+Construction. Uncertainties about the virus have left businesses grappling for answers. This includes the possibility of a second wave in the fall or winter if a vaccine isn’t found by then. What can and should they do, and what could they afford?

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