“The resident affected is receiving care at South Tyneside District Hospital and our best wishes are with the individual and their family.
“The health and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we are continuing to take our lead from Public Health England and to work closely with them and with other partners to monitor developments, communicate the latest guidance and prevent the virus from spreading.
“Sunderland has robust infection control plans in place and we are taking all the precautionary actions necessary to support and protect our communities in line with the Government’s published action plan.
“While we still have a lot to learn about the virus, the advice from the UK Government’s chief scientific adviser is that for the vast majority of people who catch COVID-19, it will be a mild illness.
“The best way anyone can protect themselves and others from the virus is to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser, and to cough or sneeze into a tissue, bin it and wash their hands.”
Dr Paul McAndrew, deputy medical director at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust said: “ We can confirm that we are currently caring for a patient who has tested positive for the COVID-19 infection. They are being very safely cared for by our highly skilled team at South Tyneside District Hospital and all of the appropriate protection measures are in place.“