A woman in her late 70s was the first Milford resident to die due to the coronavirus, the Milford Health Department announced Tuesday.

“On behalf of the City of Milford, I extend our deepest condolences to family and friends who are mourning this loss,” Mayor Ben Blake said in a release. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, we must continue to come together and do our part as individuals and as a community to prevent the spread of this virus.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual who passed from complications of COVID-19,” Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph said. “As we continue to receive reports on a daily basis of positive cases within our community, I encourage each of you to truly practice social distancing as it is the best tool we have in the fight against COVID-19.”

Currently, there are 17 positive coronavirus cases in the city, according to the Milford Health Department, which continues to monitor cases, as well as identify and notify contacts.

The city’s Health Department and the state Department of Public Health are working closely with long-term care facilities regarding potential and confirmed cases there to ensure appropriate measures are being taken to protect facility residents and staff.

Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings of more than five people.

City playgrounds, basketball, pickleball and tennis courts, as well as the skate park, have been closed in order to prevent close-space interaction. Residents are instead encouraged to take advantage of Milford’s open space, parks and walking trails. “However, please note that being outside does not ease the need for social distancing; as you visit our beautiful open spaces, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others,” the annoncement said.

In addition to practicing social distancing, Milford officials called it “imperative” that individuals follow these preventive measures:

 Stay home, especially if sick.

 Maintain social distancing of at least six feet and avoid groups of more than five individuals.

 Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol, if hand washing is not easily accessible.

 Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to:

 Call a medical provider before going to the office or call the Yale New Haven Health System COVID-19 Call Center at 203-688-1700. A health care provider will make an assessment and order COVID-19 testing as appropriate.

 Separate yourself from other people in your home by at least six feet. Use a separate bathroom and bedroom, if available. Avoid sharing personal household items.

 Monitor your symptoms. If your condition is worsening (i.e. difficulty breathing), seek emergency medical attention. Notify the health care provider before arrival that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the City of Milford Health Department website at ci.milford.ct.us/health-department/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.