WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two rural health care facilities in this area are getting some federal funding to support their ongoing COVID-19 and primary health care needs.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $15.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for 25 health centers in Virginia.

According to a release, this funding will go to expand primary health care infrastructure in medically underserved communities and bolster efforts to combat COVID-19 by getting freezers where vaccines can be stored, mobile vans to better reach and vaccinate marginalized communities, or renovate or expand facilities so they will be better equipped to handle future public health challenges.

"Health centers are lifelines for many of our most vulnerable families across the country, especially amidst the pandemic,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Thanks to American Rescue Plan funds, we’re modernizing facilities across the country to better meet the most pressing public health challenges associated with COVID-19. This historic investment means we get to expand access to care for COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination, all with an eye towards advancing equity.”

The release says centers can use the money for COVID-19-related capitol needs, building new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities, and buying new equipment, such as telehealth technology, mobile medical vans or storage freezers.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say this will help better serve vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Health centers are vital to the communities they serve, and too often they are lacking the resources they need to provide the care Virginians need. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said in a release. “These funds will give care centers the ability to adequately treat patients and continue their lifesaving work during the global pandemic.”

Locally, the Blue Ridge Medical Center, Inc. in Arrington is getting $594,380 and the Central Virginia Health Services, Inc. in New Canton is getting more than $1 million.

Kaine and Warner also announced that the Virginia Department of Health is getting more than $12.7 million from the Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program.

For more information on the HHS funding, click here.