A stylist at a Great Clips hair salon in Springfield, Missouri may have potentially exposed 84 people to COVID-19 because they continued working despite having symptoms of the virus. - A Texas hairdresser was sentenced to seven days in jail for keeping her salon open in violation of lockdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a move that state legislators decried on May 6, 2020 as "outrageous".
The exposure took place this month at a Great Clips in Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard said Friday.
The stylist worked May 12 through Wednesday and tested positive, health officials said.
Missouri hair salons were among businesses shuttered in the state to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The announcement comes as barbers and salon operators and their customers across the USA fight to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The individual and their clients were wearing face coverings". "It is the hope of the department that because face coverings were worn throughout this exposure timeline, no additional cases will result". The condition of the stylist, who was not identified, was not revealed.
But he cautioned about the risks of overwhelming resources.
Goddard commended Great Clips' actions and deemed the location safe to customers during a news conference Friday. "We can't make this a regular habit or our capability as a community will be strained and we will have to re-evaluate what things look like going forward", Goddard said.
Additionally, the health department has notified recent patrons of a local Walmart, Dairy Queen, CVS and a 10 Fitness gym because symptomatic patrons recently visited various locations of those businesses over the last week as well. "They also kept detailed records that have made contact tracing a speedy process", Goddard said.
"The well-being of Great Clips customers and stylists in the salon is our top priority and proper sanitisation has always been an important cosmetology industry practice for Great Clips salons".
As of Saturday, May 23, more than 97,000 people had died of COVID-19 in the USA with the number of cases rising to 1.6 million according to Worldometers, a real-time statistics website. Missouri has almost 12,000 cases of infections and more than 600 deaths.