Hairstylist Worked Eight Days While Showing Symptoms Of Coronavirus And Exposed At Least 91 People To COVID19

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A hairstylist in Missouri, who has tested positive for coronavirus, worked eight days this month while showing symptoms for COVID19 and may have exposed 84 clients and several of her coworkers to the virus.


In this instance, the 84 customers exposed got services from the hairstylist at Great Clips, said Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

In addition to the customers, seven coworkers were also notified of exposure.
It’s unclear when the stylist tested positive but the infection is believed to have happened while traveling. The stylist worked May 12 through Wednesday, health officials said Friday. At the time, businesses such as barbershops and hair salons were allowed to operate in the state.

As of now it’s not known if anyone was infected by the woman but it is worth noting that everyone at the Great Clips shop was wearing face coverings. Everyone who came in contact with the woman will now be offered testing.

The individual and their clients were wearing face coverings. The 84 clients potentially directly exposed will be notified by the Health Department and be offered testing, as will seven coworkers,” the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said in a statement. “It is the hope of the department that because face coverings were worn throughout this exposure timeline, no additional cases will result.”

Goddard did not provide details on the identity or the condition of the stylist. He said health officials have reached out to the people who were exposed, adding that the hairstylist had kept impeccable records that made contact tracing possible.

The Great Clips salon where the hairstylist worked will be closed until it goes through deep cleaning and will re-open based after it meets the guidelines set by the local Health Department.