The planned reopening of society next Friday is likely to be delayed if Covid cases continue to rise very rapidly.
The five-day moving average has increased by 50 per cent in the past week - and now stands at 1,580.
The government will make a decision next Tuesday about whether to lift almost all remaining restrictions on October 22nd.
On Monday last the Belmullet Electoral Area had the lowest incident rate in the country at 103 per 100,000 people, while Waterford City South had the highest rate at 1250.
The HSE says rising Covid hospitalisations nationally are placing a 'significant burden' on the health service.
Galway University Hospital has one of the highest number of patients with the virus, with 28 covid positive patients today.
There are 13 patients with the virus at Sligo University Hospital, 6 at Poriuncula in Ballinasloe and patient with the virus at Mayo University Hospital.