County health officials in Ulster are looking for anyone who has had their hair cut at the hair salon in the past three weeks, according to a county press release. Kingston is located approximately 90 miles north of New York.
“We are taking extraordinary steps to try to minimize the spread of this dangerous disease and to learn that a hair salon has been operating illegally for weeks with a COVID-19 positive employee is extremely disheartening,” said Commissioner Carol Carol to Ulster’s health. County, in a press release.
County health officials recommend that anyone who has had a haircut at the Broadway store in the past three weeks be tested for coronavirus.
“This type of direct contact has the potential to significantly spread this virus to our community and beyond,” said Smith.
There are currently 1,563 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in County Ulster and 64 deaths, according to the county. Those who have contacted the Kingston Hair Salon should contact the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health.
As directed by state government Andrew Cuomo, all hair salons, beauty salons, nail salons, or other personal hygiene services were to remain closed.
Speaking of this particular case on Thursday, Cuomo said that hairdressing is by definition a personal and close occupation and that it would therefore be part of the second phase of the reopening.
New York contact tracing efforts
Meanwhile, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said hundreds of people have been trained to start contact tracing and will begin work in the coming days.
New York City will have 1,000 contact tracers by the end of the month, and by early June they plan to recruit up to 2,500 trained people, de Blasio said. It would then be built as needed, potentially reaching up to 10,000 tracers.
The effort is led by NYC Health and Hospitals. Contact tracers will investigate cases, find and monitor contacts, and manage all data and case requests. NYC Health and Hospitals press release says city would immediately isolate and care for those who test positive, then quickly track, assess and quarantine anyone in contact with whom they might have infected.
The effort is “bigger, more complex and a much bigger operational challenge than anything we’ve seen in the history of contact tracing in this city,” said the mayor. The Ministry of Health and its expertise are called upon for “maximum impact”, he added.