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Missouri health officials have issued a public warning after a barber exposed 91 people to the coronavirus in a hair salon.
The show took place this month in a Great Clips in Springfield, said Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard on Friday.
“I’m going to be honest, I’m very frustrated to be here today and maybe more, so I’m disappointed,” he said.
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Those exposed were 84 clients who had their hair cut by the hairdresser between May 12 and 20 and seven colleagues, Goddard said at a coronavirus press conference on Friday.
The hairdresser had symptoms of COVID-19 while cutting her hair on those days.
Health service contact tracers tracked clients. Colleagues were tested for the virus.
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“We hope this is too cautious an approach because luckily our case and all of our clients wore masks during their haircuts,” said Goddard.
Missouri’s hair salons were among the companies closed in the state to contain the spread of the coronavirus. They were allowed to reopen on May 4, according to the Kansas City Star.
The newspaper reported that the owners of a hair salon issued a statement that the site had been closed for sanitation and “thorough cleaning” in accordance with guidelines provided by the county health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Goddard praised the actions of Great Clips and said the hair salon was safe to visit, the newspaper reported.