According to the Springfield-Green County health department, the stylist went to work at a Great Clips facility in Springfield while showing symptoms of coronavirus from May 12 to 20. Officials said the stylist, whose name has not been released, and their clients wear face covers during appointments.
84 customers and 7 colleagues were potentially directly exposed to the virus, officials said. All exhibitors are informed and offeredand the Great Clips location is temporarily closed.
“We hope this is too cautious an approach,” said director of public health Clay Goddard at a press conference.
Officials did not disclose when the hairdresser tested positive, but said they believed the person had contracted the virus during his trip. Hairdressers and salons were licensed to operate in Missouri at the time.
Goddard praised the hair salon for following proper safety and health precautions, as well as keeping detailed records of customers and employees. He stressed that he believed it was now safe to go to the salon to request services.
“It is the department’s hope that, because the face covers were worn throughout this exposure period, no further cases will occur,” said the health department.
However, Goddard said he wanted people to be as diligent as businesses. In addition to going to work, he said the stylist also visited his Dairy Queen, Walmart and local fitness center.
“I will be honest, I am very frustrated to be here today, and perhaps more so, I am disappointed,” he said. “I wish the same level of personal responsibility was exercised in this matter. “
A detailed chronology of the places visited by the stylist is available on the health service website.
On May 4, Missouri governor Mike Parson lifted many state restrictions and his residence orders. And so many companies in the United States.after weeks or months of foreclosure, threats of community spread remain higher than ever.
“We can’t have much more. We cannot make it a regular habit or our capacity as a community will be put to the test and we will have to reassess what things will look like in the future, “said Goddard. “Each of us must think about the good of ourselves, our family and our community. We don’t want to back off. “