Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O'Brien examines the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on one of America's hardest hit cities

Yahoo Life and award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien, have partnered to launch the exclusive digital premiere of her documentary Outbreak: The First Response. O'Brien serves as executive producer of the powerful documentary which highlights the first American city hit hard by COVID-19. The story follows how public health in Seattle, WA cared for the most vulnerable and one family's fight to survive the pandemic while homeless.

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- King County, of course, housing is at a shortage. We've priced out of the market lots of folks. If we had a large outbreak, particularly with the homeless or nursing homes, we know that that's almost a perfect storm.

- Seattle and King County became ground zero for the first COVID outbreak.

- This is just nothing like anything else I've ever seen.

- (SOBBING) I'm scared.

- We don't have the testing capacity. Let's be real.

- I've been homeless on and off for the last year. I'm really struggling out here.

- We found out that my dad was positive. We see him through the window-- hey, Dad. We're ready to take him out, but we can't take him out.

- Have a great time.

- We love you.

- Last night, I was notified that one of our disease investigators had been one of the positives. She was in full protective gear. It shows how vicious this virus is.

- There may be room that becomes available. You might not have to be out here for two more months. So I'm hopeful.

- I can't just up and-- like I've got to give-- [HEAVY BREATHING]

- Breathe.

- It's impossible for a person of privilege to put yourself in their shoes.

- The virus can infect anyone. But the impact of this virus is going to be much greater in communities that don't have resources.

- Public health has tried to step into that space of shining a light so that people wake up.