Hundreds of S.F. staff members are underneath quarantine as omicron strains city providers

San Francisco’s extraordinary increase in omicron conditions is straining the city’s critical providers as hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters and transit operators began the new year below quarantine thanks to exposure or in isolation because of to a optimistic COVID test.

As of Tuesday, 167 San Francisco law enforcement officers, 135 Hearth Department staff and 85 workforce in the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency have been in quarantine owing to a COVID publicity — illustrating just how rapid the virus variant has unfold by way of San Francisco in the latest weeks. At 829, the city’s present 7-day average of new conditions is much more than double last winter’s fatal peak, city health and fitness officials claimed.

But irrespective of the disruption of the very infectious omicron variant, Mayor London Breed informed reporters Tuesday that impression on residents so much has been minimum and that town departments are functioning to make positive necessary companies, such as public transit and regulation enforcement, operate uninterrupted.

“San Francisco’s workforce is properly-shielded and properly-prepared to keep healthier as a result of this surge,” Breed claimed. “… Transit will be running, whilst we’re inquiring for your patience. Frontline employees will be placing in time beyond regulation to make up for their quarantined colleagues. Trash is however remaining picked up. Law enforcement are still on patrol, and firefighters stand ready to respond. We’re not shutting anything at all down. We’re not closing enterprises. This is not 2020.”