SAN ANTONIO – The surge of the omicron variant has fueled the growth of COVID-19 infections across the globe, disrupting daily operations once again.

In San Antonio, where the COVID-19 risk level was raised to “severe” earlier this week, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District said the omicron variant has led to a three-fold increase in daily cases of COVID-19 with the seven-day moving average of new daily cases now at 2,875.

Long lines have been reported at COVID-19 test sites and several local universities have delayed the start of the spring semester or shifted to remote instruction.

Officials worry about the surge’s impact on Bexar County hospitals.

“This burden on hospitals is affecting doctors, nurses, and other key medical staff, who are also getting sick and are having to miss work, unable to care for patients in our hospitals,” Wolff said in a written statement. “If you haven’t already, get vaccinated.”

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