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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Motor America announced the expansion of its support for COVID-19 drive-thru testing to 22 hospitals nationwide with $4 million in grants through its Hyundai Hope On Wheels program. These grants are designed to combat the coronavirus by providing increased access to testing throughout the nation. The company has partnered with Congressman Cedric Richmond, Louisiana State University Health, and the Mayor’s Office of New Orleans to support areas that are hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank our friends at Hyundai Hope On Wheels for this donation. This health pandemic has placed a disproportionate burden on communities of color,” said Congressman Cedrick Richmond. “Their foresighted contribution of $100,000 and in-kind donation of 10,000 tests are vital in helping Louisiana State University Health by serving as the first line of defense. Besides taking care of our community in which we live, it’s our duty to support the medical first responders and other emergency service professionals that are working around the clock to protect us during these unprecedented times.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a particular threat to children with cancer, many of whom have compromised immune systems. 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. Each is a certified test center for the state.

“I am extremely grateful for the tremendous generosity of Hyundai in donating 10,000 tests to LSU and the city of New Orleans. During this time of crisis, it is inspiring to see Hyundai offering help where help is critically needed,” said Dr. Rebekah E. Gee Gee, CEO Louisiana State University Health. “Because of this donation, New Orleans will be able to offer testing in previously underserved areas. Increased testing will help put us one step closer to finally eradicating COVID-19 in our area by making the invisible—visible and giving us a better footprint of the spread of this disease.”

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. Additional support has been provided to Hyundai owners and first responders through the company’s Hyundai Assurance program. To learn more about Hyundai Hope On Wheels COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centers and view the most updated list of partnering hospitals, please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org or visit https://www.hyundainews.com/en-us/releases/3026 to read the national release.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, HHOW provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Hyundai Hope On Wheels is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 825 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $170 million toward childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure. Please visit our website at www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.

At Hyundai Motor America, we believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build our cars to the way we treat the people who drive them, making things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Please visit our media website at www.hyundainews.com.

SOURCE Hyundai Hope On Wheels

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