The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Galway has jumped to 32 in the latest figures from the HSE.
As of 8pm on Wednesday there were 25 confirmed COVID cases at UHG, and a further seven at Portiuncula Hospital.
This is nine more than were hospitalised in Galway at the start of this week alone.
There were six new cases admitted to UHG in the 24 hours before this, tied for the highest number in the country with the Mater, and two patients were admitted in Ballinasloe.
Three of the patients at University Hospital Galway, and one at Portiuncula, are in the intensive care unit.
Nationwide there were 390 COVID cases hopsitalised in Ireland on Wednesday night, of whom 69 are in the ICU.
Dr Ronan Glynn has said that the remaining portion of the population which remains unvaccinated was having a “disproportionate impact” on the profile of the disease in hospitals.
Two out of every three people admitted to the intensive care unit with COVID is unvaccinated Dr Glynn said, urging people to get their jab.