Of the 140 customers and seven colleagues who were potentially exposed, 46 received tests that returned negative. All other quarantine for the duration of the corona incubation period. The incubation period of 14 days has now passed without new infections associated with the salon, health officials in the prefecture said.
During the quarantine, those who did not take the test received a phone call twice a day from health officials asking if they had Covid-19-related symptoms, said Kathryn Wall, a spokeswoman for Springfield-Green County Health Department.
County health officials described the results as encouraging and said they were looking into the matter to learn how to stop the spread and help with future research efforts.
“This is exciting news about the value of coverage to prevent Covid-19,” said Clay Goddard, the county’s health director. “We are looking more closely at the details of these reports, including the types of face covers and other precautions taken to lead to this encouraging result.”
One hairdresser had worked with 56 clients in the living room, while the other had seen 84 clients and seven colleagues. They went to the living room for about eight days, which ended on May 20.
The living room kept perfect records that made it possible to detect contacts, Goddard said. However, he warned of the dangers of overwhelming resources in such cases.
“We can’t have many of them,” he said last month. “We can’t do that with a normal habit or our potential as a community will be put under pressure.”
In a statement, Great Clips said it welcomed the results.