A New York barber who allegedly cut customers' hair as the coronavirus outbreak continued tested positive for COVID-19.
Health officials urged anyone who received a haircut at a Kingston barber shop on Broadway in the past three weeks to get tested for coronavirus. Barbershops were shut down under the ongoing New York PAUSE order.
“We are taking extraordinary measures to try and minimize the spread of this dangerous disease and learning that a barbershop has been operating illicitly for weeks with a COVID-19 positive employee is extraordinarily disheartening,” Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith said. “As much as we would all like to go out and get a professional haircut, this kind of direct contact has the potential to dramatically spread this virus throughout our community and beyond."
There are more than 1,500 coronavirus cases in Ulster County. More than 60 have died.