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COVID-19 & AEC Update: March 31, 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.

March 31st


These companies are racing to roll out COVID-19 treatments-CNN. Big Pharma companies and biotechs are racing to come up with an effective treatment for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Several high profile companies are working on new experimental vaccines, including giant Johnson & Johnson, saying on Monday that it plans human testing by September with the hopes of having more than one billion doses of a vaccine available for emergency use by early 2021.

Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide-NBC News. More than 400 long-term care facilities nationwide now have residents who are infected with the coronavirus, an increase of 172 percent from 146 on March 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


New York

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Public-Private Hospital Plan to Fight COVID-19-New York State. Gov. Cuomo today announced a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. As part of the plan, public and private hospitals across the state have agreed to implement a new approach where hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full.

NYC Announces Fines of up to $10K if Work Continues on Non-Essential Projects-ENR. Project teams in New York City may be fined up to $10,000 if found working on non-essential or non-emergency construction—or if workers on projects that are allowed to continue don’t practice social distancing.


Illinois passes 5,000 COVID-19 cases; another 8 deaths reported Monday-Week. There are now 5,057 confirmed cases of the virus and 73 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.


SoFi Stadium Construction Worker Tests Positive For COVID-19-CBS Los Angeles. Construction at the new So-Fi Stadium in Inglewood is continuing despite an ironworker on the project testing positive for coronavirus.


How essential is construction during the coronavirus pandemic?-Curbed. Amid a worsening pandemic, just how essential should construction be considered? Curbed spoke to construction workers, contractors, small-business owners, industry groups, and trade unions to hear what they have to say.

State-by-State Coronavirus Construction Status Updates-ENR. ENR is following the current status of which U.S. states have either issued a shelter-in-place order for the general population, and whether or not construction activities are allowed to proceed at this time.

Construction workers express concerns about coronavirus, question their rights-Construction Dive. As many construction industry employers try to stay afloat during the coronavirus threat, employees are not only concerned about their jobs but also the risks they could be facing if they show up to work.

New federal guidance suggests US construction could continue-KHL. US construction officials say new federal guidance should signal to state and local officials the need to allow construction activity to continue, or resume, during the Coronavirus pandemic.