Manitoba's Chief Medical Officer says that despite rising COVID-19 cases, the current fourth wave is seeing less severe outcomes. Dr. Brent Roussin today told Manitobans that our high rate of vaccination is reducing the number of ICU cases, and fewer Manitobans are passing away due to COVID infection.

He added that while everyone is frustrated at how long the pandemic is lasting, people still need to be vigilant. That includes over the holidays. Roussin suggests not holding large Christmas parties this year but says small groups of family and friends can still gather over the holidays as long as everyone is fully vaccinated, and people continue to take precautions by washing their hands frequently, staying home if they feel sick, and avoid contact with unvaccinated friends.