Two other Cork hospitals - Mercy University and Mater Private - as well as St Luke's nursing home also imposed strict visitor restrictions in a bid to protect patients.
Yesterday a man who had been treated at CUH was confirmed to have Covid 19 in the first case of community transmission.
We regret any distress or inconvenience these extraordinary measures will cause to patients and their loved ones.
Mr Woods said the Republic of Ireland remains in a containment stage and people will be brought to hospital if they are confirmed to have the disease.
The UL Hospitals Group has announced a visiting ban for all of its hospitals, including Ennis.
"The visitor restrictions are being put in place for public and patient health reasons to minimise the possible spread of infections".
Chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan reminded the public that most people who become infected with COVID-19 "experience a mild illness and recover", however it can be more severe for some.
A LEADING emergency consultant has warned that the rate of detection of the new coronavirus points towards the infection eventually reaching epidemic levels in Ireland.
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The affected hospitals are University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John's Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.
IT HAS been confirmed that staff at University Hospital Limerick have been asked to self-isolate if they were in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
"We are appealing to members of the public to co-operate with these necessary restrictions".
The public are asked not to visit any hospitals except in end of life situations or other exceptional circumstances.
The spokesperson said to arrange a visit "families should telephone the hospital and request to speak to the relevant ward manager who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward". Children should not visit the hospital.
"We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation".
Earlier today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said mass public gatherings such as St Patrick's Day parades will not be cancelled amid the spread of Covid-19.
Patients in any other area of the Emergency Department or the wider hospital are not considered to be contacts.