Second hairstylist potentially exposed 56 clients to Covid-19, officials say

Henrietta Strickland
May 24, 2020

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Two hairstylists in United States' Missouri potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days this month while symptomatic.

The Springfield-Greene Health Department announced Saturday that a second hairstylist tested positive for coronavirus, and may have exposed 56 clients at the same Great Clips salon.

Great Clips in Springfield, Missouri.

The stylist worked May 12 through Wednesday and tested positive, health officials said.

"We hope that this is an overly cautious approach as, thankfully, both our case and all of the clients of our case were wearing masks during their haircuts", Goddard said, praising Great Clips for stringent safety requirements, including making everyone wear facial coverings.

"We are hopeful that their strictly-enforced policy of masking will prevent any future spread from this case. They also kept detailed records that have made contact tracing a speedy process", Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard said Friday.

Customers who weren't served by the woman are thought to have a low risk of contracting the CCP virus. Those people will be notified by the health department and offered testing. Goddard said this is considered "corporate responsibility" and in this recent case, it was individual responsibility that was lacking.

The individual had recently returned from traveling elsewhere in Missouri outside of the Springfield region, according to Goddard.

Symptoms of the CCP virus include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, and muscle pain.

Missouri hair salons, among some other non-essential businesses shuttered during a statewide stay-at-home order, were cleared to reopen on May 4, according to the Kansas City Star.

Goddard commended Great Clips' actions and deemed the location safe to customers during a news conference Friday.

The owners of the affected Great Clips, Brittany Hager and Jennifer Small, reporting the salon would be closed as it undergoes "additional sanitizing and deep cleaning" with guidance from the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Missouri has almost 12,000 cases of infections and more than 650 deaths.

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