A hairdresser in Springfield, Missouri, exposed as many as 91 people to coronavirus after working at a salon for eight days while being symptomatic, the health official said Friday.
Those exposed include 84 Great Clips customers and potentially seven colleagues, says Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. The condition of the stylist, which was not identified, was not disclosed.
So far, no other positive case associated with the stylist has been confirmed, but the county still faces “a large number of cases,”
Those exposed at the salon would be offered tests.
“The good news is both the clients and the hairdressers were masked” at the 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 barber worked while he was sick,” he said. “I want to be honest with you: we can’t have many more of these.”
During Missouri’s resumption of the pandemic, hair salons may work.
He warned residents who recently visited the same places as the stylist, including a dairy queen, a Walmart and a CVS pharmacy, to look for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate themselves as they develop.
The stylist worked May 12 through Wednesday and tested positive, health officials said.
Co-owners of the Great Clips site told NBY affiliated KYTV that the worker “follows medical advice and takes appropriate action.”
The salon was closed for cleanup and deep cleaning, they said. Goddard said he was pleased with the site’s response and that it is “safe to go there” now.
The patient is believed to have received the virus when traveling in another part of the state, Goddard said.