DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As of today, 48 people are now no longer on the Ebola watch list.
After showing no signs of the virus since last being in contact with Thomas Duncan, they are the first to complete the 21-day surveillance period.
“It a real big deal,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Among the 48 is Duncan’s fiancé, Louise Troh, and her family.
The Dallas family has been living in isolation since Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola.
Jenkins said the family is anxious to return to a normal life but added the family is also concerned about the potential backlash from some in the community.
Troh’s pastor, George Mason at Wilshire Baptist Church, stressed to his congregation Sunday in service the importance of embracing Troh and her family back into the community.
“She did absolutely nothing wrong,” he told his congregation. “Through no fault of her own, she lost the love of her life.”
Mason said because of the quarantine process, Troh and her family lost all of their possession.
“They have nothing and yet people are blaming them,” he said.
On Sunday through her church, Troh issued the following statement:
“Tomorrow (Monday), my family and I will complete the 21-day quarantine period we were required to undergo because of the Ebola virus in Dallas. We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness.
Our happiness is mixed with sadness at the same time. My beloved fiancée, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. Our hearts also go out to the two brave women who have been infected by this terrible disease as they were trying to help him. We are also aware of how much this has affected many other people of my city, Dallas, and my country, the United States of America, even as it has in the country of my birth, Liberia. We also know that many people who work in Presbyterian Hospital are hurting because of this tragedy. We pray that God will bring healing to all in our community soon.
We thank all people of kindness who have prayed for us during this time, and we join your prayers now for others who are suffering too. We have lost so much, but we have our lives and we have our faith in God, which always gives us hope.
Even though the quarantine is over, our time of mourning is not over. Because of that, we ask to be given privacy as we seek to rebuild our home, our family and our daily living. We will not give any interviews at this time. I do have a story to tell, and I look forward to telling it in my own way at the right time.
At this time, I would like to give my thanks to Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins for all the help and kindness they have shown me in the last three weeks. These two men have cared about me as a person. The many people who work with and for them, and also the state health workers who have cared for us, have been angels from God who have kept our spirits up through all of this. And of course I want to thank all my family, the Liberian community, and my friends at Wilshire Baptist Church. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
All glory be to God.”
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