Newtown reports first positive case of coronavirus, PD officer in hospital due to virus complications


NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Newtown Police Department reported that one of their officers is now in the ICU for complications relating to COVID-19. This, after the town reported its first case of the virus over the weekend.

The department posted a photo on their Facebook page of Police Commissioner Doctor Neil Chaudhary who is hospitalized at Danbury Hospital due to complications related to his exposure to the virus.

Neil’s family says he is strong and ready to give his all to fight the virus.

NPD reported the town’s first positive case of COVID-19 Sunday afternoon.

In a message from First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, NPD posted on Facebook they have long-anticipated a case in their town and the individual is doing well and recovering at home in self-quarantine.

“As testing continues to ramp up, we expect there will be more cases in town,” NPD wrote.

In his message, the first selectman also reminded residents to only gather in groups smaller than 10 and to stay away from others as much as possible.

Please say a prayer for the sick and for our medical professionals and first responders. They have never given up on us and never will. Let’s also commit ourselves to doing the right thing and show the world that Newtown comes together, while staying apart.

– First Selectman Dan Rosenthal

For more information about coronavirus response Newtown, follow all health directives and register for E-Alerts on the town website:

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