Missouri hair stylist with coronavirus worked while symptomatic, exposed dozens of clients
A hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri, exposed as many as 91 people to coronavirus after working at a salon for eight days while symptomatic, health officials said Friday.
The exposed include 84 Great Clips customers and, potentially, seven coworkers, said Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. The condition of the stylist, who was not identified, was not revealed.
So far, no other positive case connected to the stylist has been confirmed, but the county is nonetheless facing “a glut of cases,” Goddard said.
Those exposed at the salon would be offered tests.
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“The good news is both the clients and the hairstylists were masked” at the time of exposure, he said.
Goddard said at a news conference Friday that more cases like this would quickly strain Springfield’s ability to care for patients.
“The hair stylist worked while sick,” he said. “I’m gong to be honest with you: We can’t have many more of these.”