After the Missouri health department learned that two hairdressers that saw a combined total of 140 clients, were diagnosed with COVID-19, they were prepared for the worst. Once the two week incubation period was up, though, none of the clients tested positive. Officials say this reinforces the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
Business Insider reported that the stylists, who both worked at Great Clips in Springfield, MO, wore masks after the salon reopened, as did their clients. Upon reopening last month, the salon says it implemented new measures like staggering appointment times, and spacing work stations farther apart. The owners, Brittany Hager, and Jennifer Small spoke with Missouri’s KY3 and said they immediately closed the shop after getting the news about Hager and Small, for “additional sanitizing and deep cleaning.”
All customers and employees who had contact with the women were notified and offered free testing. Of those, 46 took the test, and all came back negative. The rest, self-quarantined for 14 days and were called twice daily by health officials to check whether they were symptomatic or not. When the incubation period expired, no one reported getting sick. “This is exciting news about the value of masking to prevent Covid-19,” Springfield-Greene County Health Department director Clay Goddard told CNN. “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.”
County health officials say the women have been released from isolation, and are recovering well.