No new COVID-19 cases tied to Missouri hair salon exposure: Health department

Health officials say 46 out of the 146 clients and workers exposed got tested.

June 08, 2020, 10:15 PM

No new COVID-19 cases were found after two hairstylists potentially exposed 140 customers and six coworkers to the virus at a Great Clips in Missouri, the local health department said Monday.

Last month, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department alerted the public that two hairstylists had tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially exposing people in the Springfield salon between May 12 and May 20. They both were symptomatic and were wearing face coverings while working, health officials said.

Director of Health Clay Goddard pointed to the "value of masking" to prevent transmission from that exposure.

"We are studying more closely the details of these exposures, including what types of face coverings were worn and what other precautions were taken to lead to this encouraging result," Goddard said in a statement. "We never want an exposure like this to happen, but this situation will greatly expand our understanding of how this novel coronavirus spreads."

Goddard said other measures taken by Great Clips, including the distancing of salon chairs and staggering appointments, will also be studied.

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