Lori Anderson left her role as a Public Health Nurse in Assiniboia behind this spring, trading the wide open prairie for the forests of the north as she was redeployed to La Loche to help with contact tracing during the COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan’s North.
"I would have to say that this has been an experience like no other that I have had,” Anderson stated. “I have not stepped outside of my comfort zone before, and headed off to a geographic area where I have never been before, especially during a crisis.
“I’ve learned a lot during this deployment,” she noted. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to help and am so appreciative of the support I had from coworkers and managers to make it possible for me to come and help. It has been an experience of a lifetime.”
Anderson had done a bit of contact tracing for a pertussis outbreak previously, but nothing at the level required for COVID-19.
“It was quite involved in some cases,” she said. “It was a bit of a learning curve; but I love learning, so I enjoyed it, even thought it was stressful initially.”
The most emotional part of her experience was talking to and interacting with people in the community, often not delivering news they wanted to hear.
“It has been my privilege to come and be a part of the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the north, and I will leave a piece of my heart behind when I go.”
Lori Anderson on her last day on northern deployment.