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A roundup of COVID-19 developments for Thursday, June 30, 2022

This month marks a first for Manitoba since COVID-19 became part of our lives.

From his initial livestreamed briefing on Jan. 28, 2020 when the deadly virus was still far from the borders of our province, Dr. Brent Roussin always seemed to be on the ward, so to speak. 

In those early and eerie days of the pandemic, the chief provincial public health officer was front and centre daily, a pace that suggested he was not only a physician, but also a marathon runner. Over time, Roussin would come to share the spotlight with his deputy, Dr. Jazz Atwal, who would take his turn at the microphone. And while the frequency of those provincial briefings ebbed and flowed, not a month went by without the public hearing directly from one of the two public health officers. 

Until now. Let the record show that June 2022 was the month where anyone in the waiting room for the next provincial briefing featuring either doctor was left waiting and wanting. For those of you scoring at home, mark May 20, 2022 as the last sighting of Roussin in that provincial briefing room where he always delivered the good, the bad and the ugly about this public health crisis with the same steady demeanor.

COVID doesn’t pay attention to the comings and goings of chief public health officers anymore than it respects borders or partisan leanings. So at one level, you can rightly ask what difference does it make if Manitobans haven’t heard anything this month from Roussin or Atwal?

Except for the fact that in the six weeks since either made any public rounds as part of their public health officer role, 130 more Manitobans have died from COVID. Except for the fact their federal counterparts today appeared in public to warn circulating Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are even more transmissible, making a rise in cases likely in the coming weeks. Except for the fact Manitobans might like to know what’s happening with efforts to get more of us vaccinated and boosted. Except for the fact some freedom convoy trucker types have set up on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building to spread a few more conspiracy theories about COVID.

I get that much of the province has moved on and that the summer ahead of us will be more like the ones we remember from the Before Times. Even so, it would have been nice to know there was still a doctor in the house. 

Paul Samyn, Editor


The Manitoba government is no longer providing daily data on the state of COVID-19 in Manitoba.  Figures are now provided in a weekly report.

For the latest public health guidance, visit the provincial government’s website

The province’s website also offers information on testing availability and eligibility and vaccine availability and eligibility, and tips on COVID-19 prevention and risk assessment.






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