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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 8, 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 8th


Here’s where we stand on getting a coronavirus vaccine-CNN. While coronavirus keeps spreading and killing with impunity, the world waits for a vaccine that could quash the pandemic. But details and timelines keep shifting. Here’s the latest on where we stand in the race for a vaccine.

COVID testing: More isn’t necessarily better, ‘it’s all about how smart they are testing’-USA Today. With public and private labs now performing more than 400,000 tests most days, some question whether accelerated testing comes at a cost. A strategy built on the number of tests does not account for nuances and limitations, lacks coordination and wastes limited testing supplies.



California is set to reopen its schools, bars, film studios, and more on June 12-Business Insider. The Department of Public Health released new guidance about the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Schools, gyms, bars, and film studios will be allowed to reopen starting June 12. Local health officials in each of California’s 58 counties will have the final say on whether the other industries can reopen in their area.


Illinois posts lowest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 2 months-WGN9. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 867 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state over the past day Sunday, posting the lowest single-day increase in cases since April 2. Sunday’s single-day increase is the lowest since April 2.

New York

Construction, real estate finalize terms of reopening-The Real Deal. Construction and real estate groups have agreed to new working conditions as they start to reopen in New York City. This includes a set of safety standards and shifts in work schedules to reduce density on sites. The rules are in addition to protocols required by the state to curb worker exposure to Covid-19 as sites begin to reopen.


Huge jump in May for construction jobs; is that good news?-Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Job losses could return as temporary federal support programs end, and state and local officials deal with tighter budgets.


Construction employment sees record rebound in May-AZ Big Media. The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, which came from an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marked a big improvement from April, which recorded the industry’s largest month-over-month job loss.

Moody’s: Expect more coronavirus-induced project delays-Construction Dive. Some types of construction projects historically have been prone to delays, and thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, those delays are about to get worse, according to a Moody’s Analytics REIS analysis.

How Businesses Can Keep Employees Safe From Coronavirus-Wall Street Journal. America is getting back to business against a backdrop of persistent Covid-19 spread. The epidemic is under control, but not crushed. Essential to avoiding a second wave is widespread testing to detect and contain new infections.

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