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Ontario reports 1,038 new COVID-19 cases, 44 more deaths

Last Updated Feb 18, 2021 at 11:45 am EST

COVID-19 testing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ontario is reporting 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 44 more deaths.

It’s the first day cases have risen after four days of steadily-decreasing numbers.

The most new cases are in Toronto (376), Peel Region (142) and York Region (122).

The provincial death toll now sits at 6,492. More than half of those deaths (3,820) were people living in long-term care (LTC). Ten LTC workers have also died and 142 LTC homes are currently battling outbreaks.

The province says it conducted 56,165 tests in the previous 24 hours with a backlog of 44,532.

As of Wednesday at 8 p.m. a total of 501,867 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario.

More provincial stats:

  • Hospitalized: 758
  • ICU: 277
  • On a ventilator: 192


Confirmed variant cases in Ontario

  • UK: 348
  • South African: 10
  • Brazilian: 1