COLUMBUS — Putnam, Seneca and Hardin counties have been removed from a statewide list of counties which are monitoring individuals for Ebola after contact or potential contact with Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who visited Ohio before being diagnosed with the virus, according to an Associated Press story and a daily report released by the state Emergency Operations Center.
While the three counties were listed among 15 counties on a report Sunday for verified self-monitoring, by phone to the county health department; or self-monitoring, taking individual temperature twice daily, but not reporting unless there is a change; the counties were removed from the list Monday, when 12 counties were still listed on the report.
There were no comments from Putnam or Hardin County health departments Monday afternoon after The Courier made contact.
Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer confirmed via email there is no one being monitored in Seneca County now.
There had been six Putnam County residents being watched for the virus, but as of Saturday, Nov. 1, the 21-day incubation period for the virus expired.
The number of Ohioans being monitored for Ebola symptoms in connection with the case of Vinson is shrinking as more people reach the end of the 21-day watch period.
The Department of Health said Monday that 52 people were being monitored because of contact or potential contact with Vinson. One person in Ohio remained quarantined.
At one point, over 160 people were monitored. Health checks for the remaining contacts are expected to end Tuesday, three weeks after Vinson flew back to Dallas. Vinson was released from a hospital last week after tests showed she’s virus-free.
Ohio officials also were monitoring 30 people under new protocols for travelers returning from West African countries that have Ebola outbreaks.
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