Binson's Home Health Care reports COVID-19 in worker

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Binson's Home Health Care on Wednesday reported a staff member at its Center Line business has tested positive for COVID-19. 

"In response, Binson’s has closed the affected building to everyone, including employees, so that the building may be cleaned extensively," the company said in a statement. "It is essential that the identity of our employee is protected. Binson’s nor public health authorities will not identify nor compromise the identity of the individual in any way.

The United States flag is reflected in the Macomb County seal on the Administration Building.

"Binson’s has notified appropriate local and state level health authorities of this matter and management has formed a task force to monitor the situation moving forward."

Meanwhile, employees who work out of the affected building on Lawrence are slated to remain home until further notice and monitor themselves for potential symptoms, Binson's said.

Also Wednesday, county officials learned of a positive test for an attorney who had been in one of the courtrooms in Macomb County Circuit Court, a county representative told The Detroit News in an email. 

"The attorney was in the court on March 16," the statement said. "Based on a risk assessment performed on this incident, and out of an abundance of caution, several Macomb County employees were recommended to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days."

The county’s review indicated "that it does not appear that there was any prolonged exposure to any other employees," according to the statement.

This week, the court issued several restrictions for proceedings, including that all civil and business court cases conducted remotely or adjourned until April 3.

“As this situation continues to evolve, we fully anticipate there will be more incidents in the workplace," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. "We will continue to perform risk assessments to determine appropriate actions going forward."

In another case, a child who attends the Childtime of Chesterfield Township learning center "has received an assumed positive diagnosis for COVID-19," representatives said in an emailed statement to The News on Wednesday.

The location on 23 Mile in Chesterfield Township was listed as "temporarily closed" Wednesday.

"Nothing’s more important to us than the health and safety of our children, employees and school families," the center's statement said. "We are partnering with the health department in order to prevent the further spread of this illness. In keeping with their guidance, we will remain closed for 14 days, or until further notice.

"The building will be professionally cleaned and sanitized. We are advising all members of our school community to avoid public places to minimize contact with others, and to reach out to their healthcare provider for additional instruction."

Other details about the case were not released. State health officials could not immediately provide information.

The center is slated to remain closed for 14 days, officials said Wednesday.

The news came the same day as the first reported death tied to COVID-19 in Michigan. 

The patient was a man in his 50s at a Beaumont hospital in Wayne County.

Meanwhile, other cases were reported in Metro Detroit, including two Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan staffers, a Detroit Metro Airport worker and two Wayne State University employees.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health, said she expects more fatalities and cases.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan had reached 110 on Wednesday, a combination of health departments and private testing figures.

Health policy experts say the number of cases is actually much larger because not everyone with the virus is tested.

In the last week, the governor has moved to limit the spread the virus in Michigan. Last week, she shuttered Michigan's schools for three weeks. She also banned public gatherings of more than 50 people and closed bars, movie theaters, workout facilities and dine-in service at restaurants and has called up the Michigan National Guard to collect and load protective gear for local health departments.