Waterbury's police chief contracts COVID-19

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTIC and AP) — Waterbury's police chief and an advisor to the city's mayor have tested positive for the new coronavirus, part of an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the city.

City officials reported 60 new confirmed virus infections among residents this weekend, including Chief Fernando Spagnolo and David Lepore, an advisory to Mayor Neil O’Leary.

Spagnolo said he has a fever and flu-like symptoms, but also feels well enough to continue working from home while in a two-week quarantine.

“I guess the fortunate thing with COVID is we have a pretty good method for working remotely,” Spagnolo told the Republican-American newspaper. “I feel good enough. If it gets to a point where I need to take time to rest, that’s what I’ll do.”

The mayor has tested negative for the virus, but plans to self-quarantine for at least two days before taking another test, said aid Adam Rinko, Waterbury’s emergency management director.

Some government offices, including the mayor's officer were closed Monday for cleaning.

In other COVID-19 news in Connecticut:

STUDENTS SENT HOME FROM COLLEGE

Sacred Heart University has suspended more than 100 students for violating the school’s virus protocols.

Most of those students received 30-day suspensions for violating the school's policy prohibiting gatherings of more than 12 people, Larry Wielk, the school's dean of students t old Hearst Connecticut Media.

Eight students received seven-day suspensions for failing to wear masks.

Two of the students have been dismissed for the semester for violating the rules more than once, Wielk said.

The school said it also is rewarding students who follow the rules, including handing out gift cards last week to students found following social distancing guidelines.

As of Friday, the school had more than 100 active virus cases among students, and reported that an additional 120 others had recovered from coronavirus infections.