The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.

White House

The White House has posted a transcript of the March 10 press briefing provided by its COVID-19 response team and public health officials.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS has updated its guidance on nursing home visitation, easing current restrictions.  According to the updated guidance, facilities should permit responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident or visitor, except under specific, defined circumstances.  The updated guidance also emphasizes that “compassionate care” visits should be permitted at all times.  CMS continues to recommend that facilities, residents, and families adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including maintaining physical distancing and conducting visits outdoors whenever possible.  For further information, consult the following resources:

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Congressional Research Service