SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Days after an announcement from the Springfield Greene County Department of Health that first one stylist, then another at Great Clips in Springfield tested positive for COVID-19, a stylist’s lawyer speaks to KY3 about what happened.
“In my opinion, the Department of Health put the Great Clips and stylist in a bad light and was almost critical of their behavior,”
On May 22, Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Department of Health, announced to the public that a Great Clips hairdresser has great potential for exposure to COVID-19.
“I’m honest, I’m very frustrated to be up here today, and maybe even more, I’m disappointed,” said Goddard. “I think we need to understand the ramifications.”
Goddard said the stylist went to work even though she had symptoms.
“Although our case was symptomatic, he worked on the following dates as a hairdresser at the Great Clips at S. Glenstone Ave. 1864,” the health department statement said.
Lawyer Robb said the woman saw a doctor as soon as she had symptoms.
“She went to Mercy and they gave her ZYRTEC and told her to go home,” he said. “She asked if I needed a test and they said ‘no, you didn’t’ and so they sent her home and it was the 12th.”
The lawyer showed KY3 evidence of the doctor’s visit on May 12. Because it contains sensitive medical information, we will not include it in this article. However, the report we saw goes into detail about the stylist’s visit to a Mercy emergency clinic. It shows her diagnosis and the prescription she was given. Mercy Hospital would only publish one statement. It said
“Federal data protection laws prevent Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care from discussing individual patient care. Mercy-GoHealth offers high quality care based on the strictest clinical standards set by Mercy and applicable law. Each patient becomes individual based on their symptoms and symptoms rated anamnesis at the time of the visit. Mercy-GoHealth follows the CDC and state COVID-19 test criteria. “
Clay Goddard was not available for an interview, so we talked to the deputy health director about the case. She said there are many tests available when they are needed.
“We want healthcare providers to hear loudly and clearly that there are many tests. If people are symptomatic or if there are doubts, send them for testing,” said Katie Towns, deputy health director.
Robb said the stylist is older and has an autoimmune disorder. Less than a week after being sent home for allergies, Robb felt her sense of smell and taste was abnormal and called the health department.
“She didn’t go to work the day she called the health department, that’s a fact,” said Robb. “Then she went to the health department the next day to do a test.”
But then the stylist got back to work while waiting for the test results.
“The health department didn’t tell her not to cut hair at all on every test,” Robb said. “So she tried to keep working.”
In a statement, the health department said that they cannot discuss this particular case, but that anyone who comes for a test must sign an agreement that states:
For the time being, follow these isolation precautions to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19:
I need to stay at home except to receive medical care (including not working or going to school) so that I cannot pass COVID-19 on to anyone.
I will wear a face mask when I am near other people (e.g. in a room or vehicle) or pets and before entering a healthcare provider office. If I can’t wear a face mask (e.g. because it causes difficulty breathing), people living with me should not stay in the same room or wear a face mask when they enter my room.
If my symptoms worsen and I need medical attention, I will notify my selected healthcare provider before I go to the facility.
If medical care is urgently needed, I will notify the 911 dispatcher of my coronavirus diagnosis so that the emergency medical services (EMS) is informed of my condition.
I understand that a representative from the Springfield-Greene County Department of Health will contact me for additional information about my symptoms and travel history.
I understand that my failure to comply with the above responsibilities may result in other people being exposed to the COVID-19.
The statement KY3 received continued: “As soon as the laboratory results confirm a positive case, the person is informed of their responsibility to remain isolated. This confirms the responsibilities listed in the previous document and provides advice on precautions at home and the twice daily reporting requirements for symptoms. This document also requires patient approval. “
Since the news of the positive COVID-19 tests was released there, all Springfield Great Clips locations have been closed due to threats. The heads of the Department of Health say that this was not their intention.
“None of the information that we publish and disseminate to give the community more information to protect their own health and safety is in any way intended to shame or put someone in a position where they are threatened.” Towns said.
Robb said the woman is still afraid of the threats that continue to be made.
Cities said if you feel something that could be a symptom of COVID-19 stay at home. If you see a doctor, Towns should be your own lawyer and ask for a test if you think one is necessary.