Ebola monitoring winds down for those who came in contact with Amber Vinson

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio -- The waiting game is over.

As of 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Summit County health authorities told Fox 8 that a handful of flight passengers who came in contact with a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola were free and clear. That means no more monitoring or restrictions.

"Everything we have known and studied, we are in the clear after 21 days," said Melanie Amato, public information officer with the Ohio's Department of Health.

At least a handful of Summit County residents who came in contact with Amber Vinson in October never had Ebola symptoms.

This weekend marks three weeks since the Dallas nurse came home to Northeast Ohio, bringing fears of spreading the Ebola virus. The CDC said she contracted it, caring for a patient.

"It's such a new virus that we are still learning about it, so we wanted to make sure and have extra precautions
so that everybody across the state was safe," said Amato.

Amato tells Fox 8 Nov. 4 is the target day for Ebola monitoring to be finished for everyone else. In all, there are 164 contacts across the state.

"We will get rid of all 164 at least by Wednesday," she said.

Vinson flew to Cleveland Hopkins Airport on Oct.10, stayed in Tallmadge as she planned her wedding.

Health leaders explained many came in contact with her, and even though she has recovered from the virus, they still had to make sure everyone else was OK.

Amato tells Fox 8 things are looking good.

"It's good to remind people that the 164 contacts we are monitoring never showed symptoms and there are no cases of Ebola across Ohio," she said.

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