By Monday morning, 48 of the people in Dallas who are being monitored for Ebola symptoms will be cleared to resume their lives, after a tense three weeks for them and for much of the nation.
Fourteen of the 48 were cleared Saturday and 34 more were to be released from control orders at midnight, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday evening at a news conference in Dallas. That will leave more than 100 in Dallas and Ohio still being monitored.
Jenkins said the first 14 included those who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola, when he arrived in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Sept. 28. The other 34 had contact with him later that day after he was admitted. Duncan died of Ebola Oct. 8.
Two nurses who contracted Ebola while tending to him are hospitalized in biocontainment units in Maryland and Atlanta.
Nina Pham remained in fair but stable condition and “resting comfortably” at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., agency spokesman John Burklow said Sunday, Pham, 26, of Dallas, grew up in Fort Worth.
The family of the second nurse, Amber Vinson of Dallas, released a statement Sunday saying they have hired Washington attorney Billy Martin, who has represented NBA players and others.
Vinson, 29, whose condition has been kept private, is at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
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