There are 36 patients with Covid-19 currently in hospitals in Cork, according to the latest HSE Covid-19 Daily Operations Update publication.
As of 2pm on Wednesday, December 29, there are 23 Covid positive patients in Cork University Hospital (CUH) and a further 13 Covid positive patients in the Mercy University Hospital (MUH).
CUH also has one suspected case of Covid-19.
There are five Covid-19 positive patients in ICU at CUH and one Covid positive patient currently in ICU at MUH.
Nationally, there are 619 Covid-19 patients hospitalised, of which 88 are in ICU.
It comes as public health officials confirmed a further 20,554 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “For the fourth time this week, we are reporting Ireland’s highest ever number of confirmed cases of Covid-19.
“In the last 24 hours, 148 people with Covid-19 were either admitted to hospital or received a “detected” test result while in hospital. Hospitalisations at this level are not sustainable and are having a significant impact on our health service. It is important to note that these admission figures are increasingly likely to be driven by the surge in Omicron infection which now accounts for over 90% of PCR confirmed cases in Ireland. Over 90% of people in hospital and intensive care with Covid-19 are there for the management of Covid-19; less than 5% of those in hospital or intensive care have ‘incidental’ (asymptomatic, non-infectious) disease."
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "Omicron is far more contagious than previous variants and incidence across the country is now much higher than at any point in the pandemic. Because of this, many people, despite being boosted and having taken other measures to protect themselves will be infected with SARS-CoV-2. However, their booster will protect the vast majority from serious illness or hospitalisation, and it will help to protect our health service and critical care capacity.
"To date, over two million people have received their booster, without this very significant uptake, the current impact on hospitalisation would be considerably worse. Please come forward and avail of your booster as soon as it is available to you. If you have not yet had any COVID-19 vaccine, it is never too late, please come forward and avail of it as, without it, you are at risk of very significant illness if you are exposed to the virus."
According to the latest report prepared by Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on December 24, there were 4,041 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Cork in the seven days from December 17 to midnight on December 23.
The seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 population was 744.4.
In the 14 days from December 10 to December 23, there were 7,796 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Cork and the 14-day incidence rate over the same period was 1,436.1.
The five-day moving average in Cork from December 19 to 23 was 509.