Harker parent Natalia Abrikosova (Alex and Hannah Micchelli, both grade 3), a doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, has been working to combat coronavirus by performing tests at the foundation’s urgent care center, often while people remain in their cars, which is safer if a person does not need to be hospitalized. “We also have a Respiratory Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where we see and test patients who meet testing criteria for coronavirus in a parking lot on the first floor of our building,” said Abrikosova.
In March, Harker aided medical workers’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating 500 N95 masks to the foundation. The masks have been used by the staff to protect themselves while testing people for the virus. “It’s not a pleasant test and most people cough and/or sneeze during or after,” said Debra Nott, Harker’s director of health services. “It’s a dangerous job and I’m happy we are able to help them be safer as they do it.”