People in Cavan and Monaghan are being called on to continue to make every effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The appeal comes from HSE Public Health North East, the Gardai and the local councils after more than 1,000 cases were confirmed in the two counties in the past 14 days.
There were 657 new cases reported in Monaghan in the two weeks up to the end of January, and 369 in Cavan.
Monaghan continues to be the county with the highest incidence rate in the country.
Director of Public Health for the area, Dr Augustine Pereira says while the rate of infection is going down, the virus remains widespread in the community.
He added that the vaccine is being rolled out to those most vulnerable, but we must hold firm in our fight.
An Garda Siochana has reminded people that they are on patrol enforcing public health measures and that people making non-essential travel or organising gatherings can be fined.
The Chief Executives of Cavan and Monaghan County Councils have thanked the public for their efforts and reminded people that local supports are available for those needing assistance, practical support or someone one to talk to.