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News Closeup: Coronavirus; Black History Month; Dems debate

Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 16:54:39-05

Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus have reached our area. At least 26 people are now under quarantine in Westchester County after returning from coronavirus outbreak areas.

We hear from Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler who shares information on the virus itself and tells us what precautions the county is taking to stem any possible spread of the disease.

In honor of Black History Month, we are talking about an important church in Harlem and its new pastor.

Mother Zion AME is the oldest African American church in New York City and was a stop on the Underground Railroad where Harriet Tubman took refuge.

Sojourner Truth was also a member of the congregation and changed her name on the alter there.

We hear from the new pastor, Rev. Malcolm Byrd, who talks about the church's significance and tells us about a hidden museum he is building in the basement filled with Black history artifacts.

Plus, a look back at Wednesday's tense Democratic debate.