Overseas English teacher awaits return to China

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Connie Wieck has been teaching others the English language for 30 years.

Rumors about the coronavirus began in China shortly after Wieck left for holiday break.

She said what would have normally been a one month trip turned into an extended stay in her hometown of Marshall, IL.

“The government took this extremely seriously. But it wasn’t until Jan. 23 that the entire country went on lock down,” Wieck said.

Wieck lives in the city of Luzhou, a city with a population of 5 million. It is over 700 miles outside of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China.

According to the English teacher, her colleagues at the Amity Foundation, are hesitant to allow her to return back to work.

“We have a mandatory two week quarantine time that we all have to go through, when we come into the city of Luzhou. So at this point, I’m feeling that the school probably does not want me to return,” she said.

She said there is also a possibility that she could face government restrictions.

“At this point the Chinese government and wisely so has suspended all current valid visas into the country,” she said. “Although my visa is not yet finished, it will finish on September 30th. I still cannot return to China.”

She was concerned with returning and potentially putting others at risk.

“To be on an airplane with people who have this sickness and I would get off the airplane and then I would begin passing it on to others. I did not want to be responsible for bring this terrible thing to my students, to my school and to my friends, ” Wieck said.

Although Wieck is ready to get back to her students in Luzhou, she is enjoying the time she has with her family.

She believes others should cherish the most as well.

“Treasure this time, because it will never happen again. Where we are all together being able to watch TV together and eat together, play games together, spend time together. That’s a really important thing,” said Wieck.

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