Two hairdressers in Missouri, USA, were still open to customers while showing signs of Covid-19 infection, and they may have infected the coronavirus with 140 people.
According to CNN, the city health agency of Springfield-Greene on May 23 announced the discovery of another barber infected with Covid-19, and this person may have transmitted the virus to 56 customers.
Just the day before, the agency announced that a Covid-19 hairdresser had contact with 84 clients and seven colleagues, both of whom worked at the Great Clips hair salon.
Both of them had symptoms of Covid-19 infection while at work, according to officials. No details of the symptoms or when two people were confirmed positive for the virus.
The incident is a warning bell for the possibility of transmission in the US community, in the context of stores and service facilities reopening after weeks of blockade.
The two hairdressers started working from the second week of May, and they both wore masks while serving customers. The state of Missouri has allowed hair salons and beauty services to reopen.
Officials hope that because both hairdressers are wearing masks, the number of infections will not increase. The Great Clips also records the information of all customers so tracing suspected people is possible.
However, Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene county health agency, said it was impossible to let such incidents happen again, because state resources were limited.
“I will tell you honestly: We cannot have more cases like this. We cannot allow this to repeat otherwise it will put pressure on the ability of the community.” Goddard said.
Goddard said the county’s health agency was satisfied with the hygienic standards at the Great Clips hair salon, and said the facility was still safe enough to continue operating.
More than 96,000 Americans have died from the corona virus, while the number of people infected with Covid-19 in the country has reached more than 1.6 million, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. The state of Missouri records 12,000 infections and 650 deaths.