CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive more than $1.5 million from the federal government for maternal and child health services in the state.

West Virginia's two U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, announced the funds this week.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional strain on our mothers, children, and young families in West Virginia," Capito said in a news release. “Grants like these are incredibly important because they provide much-needed support for maternal and child health services within our state’s health department.”

Manchin said mothers and children in West Virginia deserve quality health care that is affordable.

"As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that mothers and children can receive the health support they need,” he said.