Second Springfield hairstylist sick with COVID-19, 140 clients potentially exposed

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Another hairstylist has tested positive for the coronavirus after her co-worker came to work showing symptoms.

A Springfield hairstylist served 84 clients over eight days while experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, health officials said.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced in a Facebook post Saturday that 56 other Great Clips clients were potentially exposed by the second stylist.

Health officials are testing the rest of the staff and the clients who may have been exposed to the illness.

The announcement came one day after the health department’s director, Clay Goddard, said in a news briefing that the first stylist to get sick worked eight days from May 12 to May 20, with only the 18th off.

The coworker then worked five shifts from May 16 to 20 while experiencing very mild symptoms. 

City officials recently announced plans to relax even more distancing requirements and about a week after the health department started seeing an influx of new travel-related infections.  

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