The Delta variant has had nowhere near the negative effect on office space occupancy as COVID-19 initially did, according to the newly-released VTS Office Demand Index (VODI), with data through August.

Nationally, new demand for office space rose to a 15-month high in August and is now just 13 percent below pre-COVID-19 levels. This year, only July showed a negative trend for office demand.

"When the pandemic first hit and the world came to a halt, there was a clear correlation between rising COVID-19 cases and falling demand for office spaceas cases went up, demand went down," said VTS CEO, Nick Romito, in prepared comments. "Now, even as cases have risen exponentially over the past few months due to the Delta variant, we're not seeing the same correlation. 

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