Sharon Hodgson MP

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Update on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

I know that many constituents will be concerned by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Below are some links that you may find helpful. Please do email me on [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.


Last updated: 26/06/2020
Created: 12/03/2020

Government guidance here:
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do after 4 July >


Advice at work:


Advice from Sunderland City Council:


Support from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness:

Coronavirus Response Fund >

Stay safe online >

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How your business can help:

Any additional offers for support should be sent to: [email protected]. People will be directed towards a webform to fill in with the relevant information. You can also call 0300 456 3565.
A separate mailbox has been established to help facilitate any offers for help from business aside from ventilators. These offers can be in relation to property, logistics, food supply, other medical equipment, and so on. The more information which businesses/people can provide about their offer, the better. The email address for these additional business offers is [email protected].

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Help advice from some of the main banks:


Help from Housing and Utilities:

Gentoo >


Please follow Public Health England's advice:

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
If you are concerned about your health, then please visit NHS 111 here >

Stay at home if you or anyone in your house has coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 14 days if you or anyone in your house has either:

- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough

- loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and taste

Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

How long to stay at home:

- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

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