RIDGEFIELD \u2014 Working from home \u2014 that will be First Selectman Rudy Marconi\u2019s plan for a while longer. His retest for the coronavirus on Friday came back positive. Marconi has been battling COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, for a month now, since early April. Although said he\u2019s feeling pretty good these days, he had a difficult few weeks. \u201cI went up to the hospital Friday to get a test,\u201d Marconi said Monday afternoon. \u201cI was feeling pretty good. It came back positive, unfortunately, so the doctor told me to take another week. ... \u201cIt was something called \u2018presumptive positive,\u2019\u201d he said of the test result. Marconi said he wasn\u2019t sure what to make of the word \u201cpresumptive\u201d in the test result, but he understood quite well what the word \u201cpositive\u201d meant for him. \u201cI won\u2019t be going back to Town Hall, for sure, until I get a \u2018negative,\u2019\u201d he said. Marconi sounded kind of eager to get out of the house after a month. \u201cI\u2019ve got another, unfortunately, week to 10 days that I have to climb these walls, use the cellphone and the laptop,\u201d he said. \u201cI won\u2019t be in the office, that\u2019s for sure.\u201d Friday was only the second time Marconi was tested for coronavirus \u2014 the first time being when he got sick in early April. Marconi said town hall staff has been helpful, and people have been very supportive. \u201cThe whole town\u2019s been very gracious and very understanding and I appreciate that,\u201d he said. Hartford audience Marconi shared his experience fighting the disease with a Hartford audience by video conference from Ridgefield on April 29, during one of Gov. Ned Lamont\u2019s daily news briefings. Ridgefield\u2019s first selectman said his multiweek bout with COVID-19 was a \u201crough road\u201d including eight consecutive days on oxygen in an experience he wouldn\u2019t wish on anyone. Marconi and another COVID-19 patient, state Rep. Jane Garibay of Windsor Locks, joined Lamont\u2019s news briefing to stress the need to maintain social distancing and have the state take its time in returning to some kind of normal public life. Marconi said the virus can be devastating. The coronavirus has been linked to nearly 2,800 fatalities in Connecticut and more than 75,000 nationwide as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday. In Ridgefield, 36 people have died since March 18 to May 5, including the state\u2019s first COVID-19 fatality. \u201cI know we\u2019re all looking at the economic side of things and as a capitalistic society we want to get back to work, we want money to flow again, but I can\u2019t stress enough the importance of how this can impact the health of all of our citizens here in Connecticut,\u201d Marconi said. He described his early symptoms as like a head cold. Marconi said he went to bed on April 1, stayed in bed for a couple days, got a coronavirus test on Saturday the 6th and learned Monday he had contracted the virus. Hydroxychloroquine \u201cBy Wednesday the 8th, I was pretty far down the road into this virus,\u201d Marconi said, adding his physician recommended oxygen at home rather than going to the hospital. Therapies included the controversial hydroxychloroquine anti-malaria drug. He said nausea was the toughest symptom. \u201cI can\u2019t tell you how severe I felt, from laying on the floor and having difficulty in the evenings, to finally being here today to tell that story,\u201d he said. His symptoms included aches, chills, pains, sore throat, headache and diarrhea. \u201cIt was pretty alarming for me,\u201d he said. Marconi warned not to reopen Connecticut too soon. \u201cPlease believe me,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cThis is a highly contagious, serious virus that we need to be careful each step we take.\u201d Social distancing and face coverings are crucial to slowing the spread of the virus, but also important is deliberately considering the slow steps toward opening nonessential businesses. Marconi, who has led Ridgefield\u2019s town government since 1999, and Garibay, a first-term member of the House of Representatives from Windsor Locks, avoided hospitals except for a few hours on Garibay\u2019s part. They believe that they were able to avoid giving the virus to others \u2014 although Marconi\u2019s wife, Peggy, who nursed him back to health, had a low-grade fever that lasted a couple of days. Garibay said she was particularly lucky because of some underlying health conditions. She was diagnosed on March 18, the day after the state\u2019s first fatality, an elderly resident of a Ridgefield nursing home, who died at Danbury Hospital. \u201cI will say it was 21\/2 weeks of having the flu and it was very difficult,\u201d she said. \u201cIt affects each person differently. I had aches, my temperature at one point peaked at 103.5 and I did a six-hour visit to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.\u201d She couldn\u2019t eat for 13 days. \u201cIt tasted like cardboard,\u201d she said.