Kilkenny is reported to have its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
A patient is believed to have tested positive for the virus at St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny city.
Carlow Live reports that staff at St. Luke's were briefed this morning.
Beat News contacted both the national and South East HSE press offices but they have said to Beat News that they cannot either confirm or deny individual cases.
As of 6pm on Thursday there were 70 confirmed cases in the Republic, with one death.
More cases are expected to be announced later this evening.