This time, the 84 customers exposed received services from the hairstylist at Great Clips, said Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. In addition to customers, seven co-workers were also informed about the exposure.
It is unclear if the stylist tested positive but the infection is believed to have occurred while traveling. The stylist worked May 12 through Wednesday, health officials said Friday. At this time, businesses like barbershops and hair salons are allowed to operate in the state.
“The individual and their clients wear face masks. The 84 clients who are potentially exposed will be given the Department of Health notification and given a test, as will seven co-workers,” the Health Department said. Springfield-Greene County in a statement. “It is the department’s hope that since face masks are worn throughout this exposure timeline, no additional cases will result.”
Goddard did not provide details on the identity or condition of the stylist. He said health officials were reaching out to people who were exposed, adding that the hairstylist kept unobtrusive records that made it possible to avoid contact.
But he warned about the dangers of excessive resources.
“Let me be honest with you: We can’t have more of them,” he said at a news conference. “We cannot make it a regular habit or our capabilities as a community are narrow.”
Health officials provided a detailed timeline of all areas visited by the stylist, including a local Dairy Queen, a Walmart and a CVS pharmacy.
They urge those who can go to those places to beware of coronavirus symptoms.
Goddard said he was pleased with the deep cleaning steps taken by the Great Clips, adding that he now considers the business safe.