The Springfield-Greene County Health Deaprtment announced Monday that the incubation period had passed for potential exposures from the Great Clips stylists who worked while infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 without any infected clients.
In addition, none of the stylist’s co-workers contracted the virus.
“This is exciting news about the value of masking to prevent COVID-19,” Director of Health Clay Goddard said in a statement. “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. We never want an exposure like this to happen, but this situation will greatly expand our understanding of how this novel coronavirus spreads.”
The stylists had potentially exposed 140 clients and six stylists.
The Health Department praised the policies that Great Clips has in place to protect customers from the virus. Goddard said the salon’s use of masks, distancing of chairs, and staggering of appointments will be studied to give advice to similar businesses.
All of the clients had been quarantined for the duration of the exposure period. Testing was offered to all, and 46 pursued testing which came back negative.