GENERIC: (no text) Contact tracing, COVID-19, coronavirus, community spread

SPRINGFIELD, MO (KCTV) – According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 84 customers and seven coworkers were potentially exposed to COVID-19 by a hairstylist.

The health department said that, while symptomatic, the hairstylist worked at the Great Clips at 1864 S. Glenstone Ave. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 12 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 13 (8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 14 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Friday, May 15 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 16 (8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Sunday, May 17 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 19 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 20 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

The health department will be notifying the 84 customers and seven coworkers that they were potentially directly exposed.

Both the employee and the customers were wearing masks, so the health department is hoping that means no one caught the virus.

They said, “These individuals are advised to watch for symptoms, but there is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop.”

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(1) comment

Doozydd

I emailed the health dept down there. I urged them to help set the standards for salons across the county. There haven’t been any proven tests to show us what to do (or not to do). Two states over should be doing the same as my state. All of the states have different guidelines and requirements during this pandemic. Some aren’t blowdrying, some aren’t limiting occupancy. This is one of the industries that need testing done specifically within the salon following a week in the life of a working hairdresser. I wish I knew how to do it myself! Then go back & trace, test and really nail down the facts. Then show me masks and sanitizing are enough while I’m touching your skin and being close contact face to face to control it in a salon.... I’ll run back to work and line up the clients! Nothing would make me happier! I just want to know we are doing enough.... because I love my clients and I don’t want to cause them any harm just because we all need a haircut. This unfortunate perfect storm is ideal for someone to say “yes blowdrying is fine. We proved it like this... but you guys shouldn’t be blah blah...”. Our clients trust us. I appreciate that more than I could ever explain. But having absolute trust would be even better when facts are in place. Not assumptions. Our industry is honestly working on assumptions and our own interpretations of things. Ask 10 different hairdressers if they think we should be blowdrying.... i bet you get a ton of different answers. There’s the proof! We don’t know. I really want to get back to work... I miss my salon. I just want to know and have proof I’m doing everything correctly for my clients safety. I really hope they take the chance to make a difference. I’m not living in fear.... I’m just a person that wants our industry to be rewarded for doing our part, and not blamed or punished because we just didn’t know. Look at how much all of this has divided us.... having facts could really unite us again!

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