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Wednesday COVID-19 update: a child is among 15 new deaths

Three disposable masks sit on a surface.
Mika Baumeister

The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday reported 15 more people have died from COVID-19. One of the deaths was a boy between the ages of 1 - 14, according to the department.

An additional 1,306 people have tested positive for the virus. School-aged children account for 194 of those cases.

Hospitalizations are below 500, but intensive care units across the state are nearly full. Utah has 521 total ICU beds and 506 of them are currently occupied. 200 of those patients have COVID-19.

The total number of positive cases has reached 615,576, while the total number of deaths reported is 3,688. The total number of vaccines administered has reached 4,375,884.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!