Hyundai is doubling the amount of coronavirus drive-thru testing centers it supports in conjunction with Hyundai Hope on Wheels. The $4 million in grants now covers 22 hospitals in 16 states.
According to a release, the company also announced an in-kind donation of 65,000 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests developed by Seegene, a South Korea-based global leader in multiplex molecular diagnostics. Hyundai’s headquarters is in South Korea. Seegene’s test can simultaneously detect three different genes (N, E and RdRP) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.
Each center is following CDC guidelines for testing eligibility: patients with a doctor order, must have clinical factors of at-risk populations (like children with cancer), or work as health / child care professionals.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
“As a global automaker, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its potential harm to the U.S. and beyond,” said José Muñoz, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America. “A best practice that was crucial in South Korea’s handling of the coronavirus was drive-thru testing. This approach protects the healthcare workers and patients from the potential spread of the virus, while diagnosing those most in need.”
Phase 1 hospitals that received Hyundai COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing grants included:
- The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s, Orange, CA
- UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s, Cleveland, OH
- Children’s National Hospital, Washington, D.C.
- Dana Farber / Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
- Columbia Medical Center, New York, NY
- Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Tampa, FL
- Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
- University of Alabama Children’s, Birmingham, AL
The second phase of donations is earmarked for the following medical centers, government institutions, and organizations:
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Foundation, Oakland, CA
- UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
- LSU Health Sciences Center, Baton Rouge, LA
- St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
- City of Detroit Department of Health, Detroit, MI
- Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN
- City of Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
- Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
“The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has tragically impacted hundreds of thousands of lives with disease and millions more who are quarantined in the U.S.”, said Dr. Helen Cha Roberts, President, Seegene Technologies. “By supporting testing, Hyundai has stepped up as a global leader to provide an invaluable resource that will serve impacted Americans at this most critical time while also assisting to prevent further spread of the virus.”
Hyundai and its over 825 dealers have also provided support to local institutions with financial assistance, food donations, face mask headband production and loaned vehicles.