A further 1,470 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today.
There are 367 people being treated for the virus in hospital with 59 of these in intensive care.
There are 15 Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital, with three admissions over the last 24 hours. As of 8pm last night, one patient with Covid-19 is being treated in ICU at LUH.
In Northern Ireland today, 1,748 new cases of Covid-19 were reported with a further seven deaths.
There are 461 Covid-19 patients in hospital there, 45 of whom were in intensive care.
Meanwhile, the HSE has estimated that between 10,000 and 12,000 children are currently out of school because of Covid.
The calculation is based on around 700 primary schools and 500 secondary schools reporting positive cases, which public health officials say the vast majority relate to community transmission and not infections picked up in schools.
Mr Donnelly said “We are seeing a large number of students having to self-isolate because they have been deemed to be close contacts and they of course will get tested” but he said it shows “the system is working.”
Daily county-by-county figures are no longer released by NPHET, but the latest data shows that Donegal has Ireland’s second highest incidence of infection.
The 14-day incidence rate in Donegal stood at 1039.6 per 100,000 on 5th September. The national average was 450.7 per 100,000.