BEAUMONT, Texas — The coronavirus is affecting thousands of people across the globe but at least one Southeast Texas resident is trying to help.
Lamar State College Orange professor Dr. Ni Song, who is originally from Wuhan, China, says that the coronavirus outbreak has taken an emotional toll on her but she's committed to helping out her hometown.
"We're gonna fight. We're gonna fight this viral outbreak and this will all pass,” said Dr. Song.
Dr. Song repeats these words of comfort to herself every morning.
"I have the responsibility as faculty, no matter what happens I need to give my best in my classroom, so I'm trying my best,” she told 12News.
Her best is currently teaching her students while also supporting her hometown during the outbreak by collecting donations.
“People who have donated, they told me that we have to do this. We have to help them, so this all comes together. I think everybody is working hard,” said Dr. Song.
At Beaumont Public Health, officials are relieved after finding out at that Southeast Texas man tested negative for the virus.
"We do understand the fear in the community, we understand that there is a uncertainty about this disease because it's new, said Beaumont Public Health director, Sherry Ulmer.
Worldwide there have been more than 40,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Here in the United States, there have been only 13 confirmed cases but Ulmer doesn't believe the virus is a threat to Southeast Texas.
"We want to be sure that people are understanding that flu is a bigger risk to this community than coronavirus,” Ulmer said.
As Beaumont Public Health continues stay prepared Song will continue to help those impacted by the virus.
"I know they are working hard and you need that hope to keep going on,” Dr. Song says.
More than $700 has been collected so far for coronavirus victims.