Hairstylist worked while symptomatic and exposes colleagues and customers to the virus

2 months ago

Missouri news, US news.

In the US state of Missouri, health officials said that a hairstylist with coronavirus worked for eight days during May while symptomatic, exposing at least 91 customers and coworkers to the virus.

His case shows the threats of community spread in the US as businesses reopened after weeks of the shutdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said that 84 customers exposed got services from the hairstylist at Great Clips, and 7 colleagues were also exposed.

"The individual and their clients were wearing face coverings. The 84 clients potentially directly exposed will be notified by the Health Department and be offered to test, as will seven coworkers," the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said in a statement. "It is the hope of the department that because face coverings were worn throughout this exposure timeline, no additional cases will result."

No details were provided regarding the identity nor the condition of the stylist. Goddard said that health officials have reached out to the people who were exposed, and the hairstylist kept impeccable records that made contact tracing possible.