By Joey Nolfi
March 27, 2020 at 10:11 AM EDT
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Today anchor Hoda Kotb became overwhelmed with emotion on live television as she interviewed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his efforts to fight the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Shortly after Kotb wrapped up her Friday morning discussion with the athlete about the $5 million he pledged to help feed Louisiana residents, the longtime NBC talk show began crying as she reflected on one of her favorite cities as the pandemic continues to threaten lives in the vulnerable region.

"I also think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity. So, our hope is that because you let us know that you made this big, generous donation, I think other people look and say, 'Hey, maybe I can help out, too,'" Kotb, who lived in New Orleans throughout the 1990s, said before telling Brees she loved him. When he returned the sentiment, Kotb broke down in tears.

"I know, it's a lot. Hoda, I'm so sorry, hon. It's a lot, I know where your heart is, my dear, I do," Savannah Guthrie cut in before offering to read the next segment's introduction while Kotb composed herself, to which the latter tearfully responded: "Yes, please!"

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the state has thus far reported 2,305 cases of COVID-19, while 83 people have died across the area. The survey indicates 676 of COVD-19 patients are currently in the hospital, with 239 of them requiring ventilators.

As the pandemic spreads around the world, forcing closures of public spaces and sending global citizens into lockdown, celebrities like Kathy Griffin have recently called out President Donald Trump for "lying" about the United States' effectiveness in testing people for infection.

Watch Kotb's moving Today moment above.

For the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick, please visit coronavirus.gov.

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