In conversation with TVLine, she recalled her "shocked" reaction over hearing that the series aimed to resume production in late August/early September, following a lengthy hiatus alongside the rest of the entertainment industry.
Initially, Pounder couldn't wrap her head around how NCIS was going to ignore the health crisis.
"We are a part of it and we are living in it," she noted. "And that is when I got the call from [executive producers] Jan Nash and Chris Silber [who wrote the season opener], saying, 'This will be about COVID'."
As season 7 opens, Loretta will be devastated by one particular arrival at the morgue – someone she'd warned about protecting themselves from the deadly virus.
"It reflects on the first part of the situation with masks and people saying, 'No, I'm fine! I don't need to wear a mask'. All of those things you hear in the community," explained Pounder.
"It's quite a shock to her that she wasn't listened to, or that it wasn't that important to this person."
The actress also described season 7's storytelling as "remarkably reflective of how New Orleans was in terrible shape, until our mayor [LaToya Cantrell], with the help of her governor [John Bel Edwards], really put her foot down and was very, very strict".
NCIS airs on CBS in the US, and on FOX UK in the UK.
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