Missouri hair stylist with coronavirus works asymptomatic | Instant News

Case highlights threat of spreading community in the United States when business began to reopen after a few weeks of shutting down to combat the spread of the corona virus.

In this case, 84 affected customers received service from a hairdresser at Great Klip, said Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene District Health Department. In addition to customers, seven coworkers were also notified of exposure.

“Individuals and their clients wear face masks. The 84 clients who are potentially directly affected will be notified by the Department of Health and will be offered testing, as do seven colleagues,” the Springfield-Greene District Health Department said in a statement. “It is the department’s hope that because face masks are worn along this exposure time line, no additional cases will be produced.”

Goddard did not provide details about the identity or condition of the stylist. He said health officials had reached out to people who were exposed, adding that the hairdresser had kept a perfect record that allowed contact tracing.

But he warned about the risk of extraordinary resources.

“I will be honest with you: We cannot have more than this,” he said at a press conference. “We cannot make this a habit or our ability as a community will be strained.”

It is not clear when the stylist was positive but an infection is believed to have occurred while traveling. The stylist works May 12 through Wednesday, health officials said. At that time, businesses such as barbers and hair salons were permitted to operate.

Health officials provide detailed timelines from all the places visited by the stylist, including the local Dairy Queen, Walmart and CVS pharmacies.

They urged those who might go to these places to look for symptoms of coronavirus.

Goddard said he was pleased with the cleaning action carried out by Great Clip, adding that business was now safe.

“The welfare of Great Clips customers and stylists in salons is our top priority and good sanitation has always been an important cosmetology practice for Great Clips salons. We have closed the salon where employees work and are currently undergoing additional sanitation and deep cleaning,” the owners business said in a statement to CNN affiliates, KYTV.
More than 96,000 people have died of coronavirus in the United States, where the number of confirmed cases is close to 1.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins. Missouri has nearly 12,000 cases of infection and more than 600 deaths.


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