Dallas -- It’s the final countdown. The 48-folks who’ve been under close monitoring by Dallas County and the CDC are just hours away from officially being Ebola free.
But, what a past 21-days it’s been. Yeah, how many times did we see hazmat crews scrub apartments and schools? City officials take the podium to share the latest updates and remind us that the virus is contained? Now, Dr. Thomas Frieden is a household name.
Well, at the stroke of midnight, Dallas County can safely say it’s cleared a once daunting hurdle.
"This demonstrates that the CDC, the state, the City of Dallas, Dallas County have worked to contain the virus," Dallas County Health Department Director Zach Thompson said. "As we stated early on, that’s why Dallas County residents shouldn’t panic.”
Anyone who came in contact with index patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, has been under a microscope; their temps have been taken twice daily, and every day came with the potential threat of being the next patient.
Okay, so the good news is the group of folks is set to re-enter society virus free, but the Ebola battle is far from over. The waiting game continues for the 75-Presby health care workers and scores of unsuspecting frontier passengers.
No doubt they are keeping a close eye on the calendar.