New COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at two nursing homes in the south-east.
A staff member at Mooncoin Residential Care Centre in south Kilkenny has tested positive.
Co-owner of the nursing home Kieran O'Reilly told WLR that all other tests have come back as COVID not detective, and preventive measures and extra monitoring processes were put in place immediately to protect residents.
Meanwhile, a case has also been confirmed at Kerlogue Nursing Home in County Wexford.
In a Facebook post, Kerlogue management said: "We are engaging with health officials with regard to comprehensive contact tracing and all necessary precautions are being taken.
"We are collectively focused on providing residents in our nursing home with the best possible care and protecting them from COVID-19."
It comes as staff at nursing homes around the country continue to be tested regularly, with that plan to remain in place until the end of the month.
CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland Tadhg Daly says every effort must continue to be made to ensure the disease stays out of the facilities.
He said: "We've seen a large increase in the number of people in the community that have tested positive for COVID.
"Nursing homes are community settings, and we're very fearful now of the reintroduction of COVID into nursing homes given that we're now in a position where many nursing homes are COVID free."