The HSE has also asked for staff to be redeployed to help relieve pressure.
Hospitals are being told to cancel non-urgent care for the next two weeks.
The HSE has also asked for staff to be redeployed to help relieve the pressure from Covid-19.
884 patients are in hospital with the virus - an increase of 70 per cent over the last week - including 46 in midlands hospitals.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid says around 6,000 staff are now off work due to covid: