Companies in central Texas are struggling to operate with increases in COVID sick calls

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) – The rapid spread of the latest COVID variant is putting more than just individual lives aside at this point, it is disrupting business owners who cannot get enough healthy employees to show up for work.

From canceled flights here at the airport to problems with supply shortages here at companies. It all stems from staffing issues due to COVID-19, and now those are the consequences we all have to live with.

Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 20 percent of its flights Thursday and delayed dozens more, partly blaming the weather but also on COVID sick calls.

“Honestly, I hate to say it, but avoid traveling if you can,” said traveler Melissa Keller. “It really has become a big problem.”

Also feel effects: the city of Taylor. It was posted on Facebook and said that due to lack of staff in COVID-19, they have had to close a branch office and change services.

“[We] opened some of our departments a little later, or we have had to go over to doing business either over the phone or by email, ”said City of Taylor Communications Coordinator Kendra Dubee.

On Three Kings Day – or the Christian “revelation party” – Mi Tradición Bakery can not keep up with the demand for today’s signature cakes.

“We just do not have the manpower to take any orders online,” said bakery owner Jesus Guevara. “We just make a lot of roscas and hope for the best. Hopefully our customers can understand our struggle even though many companies face the same problem.”

In Travis County, community officials are begging to take responsibility for keeping each other safe.

“Help keep schools open, help keep businesses open, and help keep our employees safe,” said Travis County Judge Andy Brown. “Please wear a mask, get vaccinated and get boosted.”

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