'This is not gone': COVID-19 cases on the rise across Florida

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is on the rise. According to the Florida Department of Health, one out of five people being tested in Florida is positive for COVID-19. In Polk County, it is closer to one out of four.

Wastewater collection data could help track COVID-19 spread in Tampa

The city sends samples to a Massachusetts company called Biobot, which is collecting from three stations in Hillsborough County and 700 nationwide. Even though numbers in Florida are still relatively low, the data shows we are enduring a small wave in Hillsborough and nationwide.

COVID falling in 49 of 50 states as deaths near 900,000

With the brutal omicron wave rapidly loosening its grip, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are falling in 49 of 50 states, even as the nation's death toll closes in on another bleak round number: 900,000.

Spain to drop masks outdoors as omicron surge decelerates

Spain will end a mandate to wear masks outdoors next week, reversing a late December order against an unprecedented surge of coronavirus infections fueled by a highly contagious mutation, Health Minister Carolina Darias said.

Doctors caution: Accuracy of rapid COVID tests can be much lower than PCR

If you can find a COVID-19 test and can afford to wait for results, doctors agree PCR tests are the most accurate. At-home tests are less accurate, but can work in many cases. However, if you have symptoms but can't get a test, doctors say to assume you have the omicron variant.