A report published Thursday in the journal Science by Dr. Michael Worobey suggests that the start of the pandemic likely traces back to an infected animal sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. This information goes against a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released earlier this year that determined the first person infected with the virus was an accountant without a known connection to the market.

Worobey, an expert in tracing the evolution of viruses at the University of Arizona, concluded based on his research that the first case was likely a vendor from the market and it’s probable that the pandemic began here because roughly half of the early cases were connected to this specific location.

Although his extensive research seems to point to the market at the origin of the virus, some experts believe that there is not enough data to confidently confirm the market as the virus’ place of origin. More: New York Times

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South Carolina health officials reported 937 total cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with 629 confirmed. A total of 18 new deaths were also reported, 15 confirmed.

With 25,475 tests reported, 3.3% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents 5 and older with at least one vaccine: 57.1%
Percentage of S.C. residents 5 and older who have completed vaccination: 49.6%