As the number of COVID cases has risen in recent weeks with the spread of the omicron variant, cities and businesses throughout the county have felt the strain of less staff as employees who contracted the virus stay home to isolate and recover.

In Galveston, the fire department saw an increase in firefighters testing positive for COVID, forcing the department to fill shifts with employees working overtime, Fire Chief Charlie Olsen said. Although only six to eight of the 117 firefighters were out with COVID Thursday, those combined with other employees on vacation, maternity leave and recovering from surgery meant the department had to pay overtime to fill the shifts of 30 firefighters, he said.

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Michelle Aycoth

I went to go at 6am in the morning New Year’s Day to have a fine dining experience at McDonalds, they were closed.

COVID is straining our work force.

Andrew Aycoth

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Carlos Ponce

Ted is talking to himself in his sleep.

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