Developed by Soledad O’Brien Productions with the support of the de Beaumont Foundation, “Outbreak: The First Response” is a new documentary that provides a firsthand and personal view of the first coronavirus outbreak in the United States, in the Seattle area. Told through the eyes of the county health director, a family experiencing homelessness, and a family with a relative in a nursing home, the documentary reveals the impact of this historic pandemic on the city, including its most vulnerable communities.

Where You Can Watch

“Outbreak: The First Response” is available for streaming on Yahoo Life. It premiered on Hearst Television stations and on “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien in June.


We hope “Outbreak: The First Response” will spark conversations about the vital role of public health professionals and the impact of societal and economic factors on the health of communities and individuals. Below is more information about the documentary and the issues it raises.


For more information about the documentary or to arrange a media interview with co-executive producer Dr. Brian Castrucci, contact Mark Miller, vice president of communications.