For those who have any symptoms of infection, the Department of Public Health Mid-West advises immediate self-isolation.
Preliminary analysis showed between 1,100 and 1,500 cases per day across the region, a spokesman said.
This would surpass the 902 cases recorded on January 2 of last year.
“We expect this high level of infection to continue circulating in the community for several weeks,” the spokesman said.
Covid outbreaks are being managed and monitored by Public Health Mid-West in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, residential care facilities, special education needs facilities, and vulnerable populations.
“If you have any mild symptoms of cold or flu, it is likely Covid-19, and you will need to self-isolate to protect others,” said Dr Anne Dee, a public health specialist.
When awaiting antigen or PCR tests, self-isolate for seven to ten days, depending on whether you had a booster or recovered from Covid-19 in the last three months. Testing will not stop transmission; isolation will.
“Omicron is a highly transmissible variant with mild to severe symptoms. More cases mean more people with serious disease.”
Antigen tests and isolation advice
When in doubt, self-isolate and book a free antigen test through the HSE website. Three antigen tests are required.
If all tests come back negative but you still have symptoms, self-isolate for 48 hours.
If you are symptomatic and have not had an antigen or PCR test, assume you have Covid-19 and self-isolate for seven to ten days. If your symptoms persist after 10 days, self-isolate for 48 hours. Consult your GP if you are unwell. Not having symptoms and testing positive for antigen should self-isolate and get a PCR test.