MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama today announced its support to increase COVID-19 testing in Montgomery and surrounding counties through a collaborative effort with Mayor Steven Reed.
Hyundai’s Alabama operation (HMMA) is coordinating an in-kind donation of 10,000 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests developed by Seegene, a South Korean molecular diagnostics firm. Seegene’s test can simultaneously detect three genes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
HMMA President and CEO Byungjin Jin said the support stems from a request from Mayor Reed for help in locating more tests for Montgomery and surrounding communities when the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Alabama.
“He recognized South Korea’s best practice of extensive drive-thru testing was critical to protecting the health care workers and patients from potential spread of novel coronavirus, while critically identifying those most in need,” he said. “HMMA is honored to safeguard the health of citizens in Alabama.”