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Officials: NYC Ebola Patient No Longer Has Virus, Set To Leave Hospital

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Dr. Craig Spencer, New York City's only Ebola patient, is now virus free and set to be released from Bellevue Hospital Tuesday morning, officials said.

Spencer tested positive for the Ebola virus on Oct. 23, several days after returning to New York from Guinea where he was treating Ebola patients through Doctors Without Borders.

Over the last several weeks, Spencer's condition improved from serious but stable to stable, and doctors spoke positively about his improvement while in isolation at Bellevue.

Within days of testing positive for Ebola, Spencer received blood from Nancy Writebol, who was who was successfully treated for Ebola in Atlanta back in August.

Officials: NYC Ebola Patient No Longer Has Virus, Set To Leave Hospital

Spencer's diagnosis set off a small level of panic among New York City residents after learning that the doctor had been out and about in the city before showing symptoms.

According to a timeline provided by city officials, before Spencer fell ill, he went to the High Line park and to a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue. He also went to a coffee shop on the High Line, jogged 3 miles along Riverside Drive and took an Uber taxi to a Brooklyn bowling alley.

He also rode the subway several times — the A train, the No. 1 train and the L train.

The bowling alley, The Gutter in Williamsburg, was completely disinfected and was reopened for business soon afterward, as was the restaurant on Greenwich Avenue.

City leaders, including the mayor and health commissioner, made their presence known at the restaurant in an effort to let the public know it's safe.

Spencer's Hamilton Heights apartment was also decontaminated. His fiancee has not tested positive and is showing no symptoms of Ebola but was being kept under quarantine at the couple's home.

Ebola has a 21-day incubation period.

On Nov. 5, a person who had direct contact with Spencer was released from quarantine.

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