Out of 140 potential clients and seven co-workers, 46 people underwent negative tests. All others were isolated during the incubation period of the coronavirus. Provincial health officials said that the 14-day incubation period had now passed without new salon-related injuries.
Those who have not been examined receive a call twice a day from health officials asking if they have symptoms related to Covid 19, or not, Catherine Wall, a spokeswoman for the Springfield-Green County Health Department, said during the quarantine.
District health officials described the results as encouraging, and said they are looking into the case to gain insight into how to stop the spread and assist in efforts in future research.
“This is exciting news about the value of concealment to prevent Covid-19,” said Clay Goddard, district health director. “We are closely studying the details of these exposures, including the types of face caps that have been worn and what other precautions have been taken that lead to this encouraging result.”
One of the hairdressers worked with 56 clients in the salon while the second witnessed 84 clients and seven co-workers. They went to the salon for eight days ending on May 20.
Goddard said that the salon kept flawless records that made tracking contact possible. But he warned of the overwhelming resource risks in such incidents.
“We cannot have more of these,” he said last month. “We cannot make this a regular habit or our capabilities as a community will be strained.”
Great Clips said in a statement that it welcomed the results.