Woman who tested positive for COVID-19 attended Dearborn theater

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

One of the most recent Michigan residents to test positive for coronavirus attended a movie at the AMC Fairlane 21 in Dearborn. 

The woman was among 11 new presumptive positive cases in Michigan announced Tuesday. The additional cases bring the statewide total to 65 confirmed cases. 

The theater is one of Wayne County's first potential exposure sites for COVID-19, according to a statement by the county health department.

The AMC theater at the Fairlane Town Center mall in Dearborn was closed along with the entire mall for cleaning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after a person confirmed to have the coronavirus was known to have visited on Tuesday.

The woman, who had no domestic or international travel or known contact with other positive COVID-19 cases, was at the theater between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. March 10, the day the first positive coronavirus cases were announced in Michigan.

“The epidemiology team is also working with the business to determine the identity of customers who were in the establishment at this time,” the Wayne County Public Health Division said in a statement Tuesday. 

Patients who attended the theater should monitor themselves for symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — through March 24. 

People with those symptoms should stay at home or call a health care provider. 

Whitmer issued Monday an executive order closing all restaurants, bars and movie theaters, as well as limiting the number of people allowed to gather in one place to 50.