An unidentified person opens the door for Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins along with two women at the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 2 2014.
Larry W. Smith—EPA
October 20, 2014 7:49 AM EDT

The first wave of people who had contact with the original Dallas Ebola patient were taken off a watch list early Monday, marking a moment of relief for the 48 individuals even as dozens more continue to be monitored by officials.

Midnight (1 a.m. ET) marked the end of 21 days since the diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was treated and died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ebola has a 21-day incubation period, and when a case is confirmed officials monitor anyone who had contact with that person for three weeks.

“We are so happy this is coming to an end…”

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