MERIDEN — The city announced its first death from the COVID-19 virus Monday night.
The resident, in their 40s, died from the virus Monday after recently testing positive, the city said in a statement released shortly after 8 p.m. No other information was provided.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” Mayor Kevin Scarpati said in the statement.
As of Monday, Meriden had 21 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, according to the latest statistics from the state Department of Public Health. There has been community transmission, the city’s Department of Health and Human Services said in a Facebook post Sunday.
Statewide, Connecticut has recorded 2,571 positive cases as of Monday and 36 deaths, according to the latest numbers by DPH.
“As COVID-19 continues to spread in Meriden, we must all do what we can to keep each other safe,” Scarpati said. “My heart is with the family, friends, and neighbors who are grieving. This loss is deeply felt by our entire community. Now more than ever, each of us must do our part to prevent the spread of this virus in Meriden.”
In recent days the city has increased restrictions, closing school athletic fields, playgrounds, basketball courts and the municipal golf course over concerns about residents not social distancing.
“Unfortunately, we have seen what is happening on TV,” Scarpati said when reached by phone Monday night. “We have seen what is happening in other countries and in other states. For it to happen here in our community to one of our own is going to make a stronger impact to our residents.”
Scarpati urged residents to heed the recommendations of public health officials to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.
"As we learn more there may be additional measures taken," Scarpati said. "We're in close contact with the state Department of Public Health. We're in close contact with our hospital — MidState. We're following their recommendations and guidelines, as well as what we feel is best to keep our residents and families safe."