NYC faces shortage of EMS crews on Christmas as omicron wave sickens city
Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio and first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray attend the "Hometown Heroes" Ticker Tape Parade on July 7, 2021 in New York, New York. - Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — All they wanted for Christmas was more help. The FDNY faced a shortage of EMS crews over the holiday, stretching the department thin as it struggled to respond to a surge of emergency calls made worse by the omicron wave. Roughly 19% of the city’s more than 4,000 EMS workers were out sick Saturday, Christmas day, up from the typical rate of about 5%, an FDNY spokesman said. The shortage — caused in part by crews isolating with COVID-19 cases — comes as the city’s daily number of cases continued a record breaking streak. New York state figures show there were more than 27,000 confirm...