COVID19 Information


This page is the official COVID19 information center for your Oconee County, SC Government.


Para obtener información oficial sobre el virus COVID-19, utilice estos enlaces:

Official SC Planning & Reported Cases Maps - 03/19/2020:

Update - Solid Waste - 07/16/2020 (PDF Version)


Oconee County Solid Waste is now accepting glass for recycling. Residents should thoroughly clean glass products and remove lids prior to arrival at the Oconee County Recycling Centers. This will reduce the risk of contamination and the need for personnel to handle these products.

Since, the number of Coronavirus cases has continued to rise, we are not accepting plastic at this time. Plastic materials are directly handled by residents and most bottles have come in direct contact with residents’ hands and mouths. According to the Center for Disease Control, the Coronavirus may thrive on porous materials, including plastic, for approximately 6-17 days. These items may require handling and manual sorting for recycling and pose an increased risk to the health and safety of Solid Waste personnel. We ask that residents NOT STOCKPILE materials to recycle but place all non-accepted materials into the garbage compactor to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Currently, we are monitoring the information provided by the Center for Disease Control, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Governor’s office. As additional information becomes available, Oconee County may elect to resume plastic recycling at a later date. When we start collecting the items again (which we will once the situation with the virus is better understood), we will announce it on our website at https://oconeesc.com/solid-waste-home and the Oconee County Solid Waste and Recycling Facebook page.

Update - Solid Waste - 06/06/2020


Oconee County Solid Waste will begin accepting mixed paper for recycling on Monday June 8th. Since, the number of Corona Virus cases are still rising, we are not accepting glass or plastic for recycling. These materials are all directly handled by residents and most bottles have come in direct contact with resident’s hands and mouths. Plastic and glass are the most porous of the materials which has been stated as the materials on which the virus can thrive for days, estimates being anywhere from 6-17 days per the CDC. Therefore, we ask that residents NOT STOCKPILE materials to recycle but to place all non-accepted materials into the garbage compactor to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Currently, we are monitoring the information provided by the CDC, SC DHEC, and the Governor’s office. Once the numbers start to decline, we will begin to slowly institute paper first, then plastic and then glass. When we start collecting the items again (which we will once the situation with the virus is better understood), we will announce it on our website at https://oconeesc.com/solid-waste-home, on our Facebook page which is named Oconee County Solid Waste and Recycling, and as a Public Service Announcement on WGOG and the Daily Journal.

Update - Solid Waste - 06/01/2020


Oconee County Solid Waste, along with Oconee County Administration and EOC, is working on a slow but methodical return to full recycling capacity. The recycling of materials that have the potential to transport the Covid-19 virus and are directly handled by staff such as paper, glass jars and bottles, and plastic have been put on hold until the Covid-19 virus is no longer deemed a threat to the safety of Oconee County employees. These materials are all directly handled by residents and most bottles have come in direct contact with residents hands and mouths. Plastic and glass are the most porous of the materials which has been stated as the materials on which the virus can thrive for days, estimates being anywhere from 6-17 days per the CDC. Therefore, we ask that residents not hoard materials to recycle but to place all non-accepted materials into the garbage compactor to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. You can place aluminum cans and steel cans directly into the scrap metal bin at this time, in order to lighten your load. For the past several weeks, the cases in Oconee County have continued to increase. We are still one of the lowest in the state, which tends to lean to the idea that practices that have been put in place have helped slow the spread.

Currently, we are monitoring the information provided by the CDC, SC DHEC, and the Governor’s office. Once the numbers start to decline, we will begin to slowly institute paper first, then plastic and then glass. When we start collecting the items again (which we will once the situation with the virus is better understood), we will announce it on our website at https://oconeesc.com/solid-waste-home, on our Facebook page which is named Oconee County Solid Waste and Recycling, and as a Public Service Announcement on WGOG and the Daily Journal.

Press Release - Solid Waste - 03/24/2020 (PDF Version)


In order to continue efforts to protect the health and well-being of both citizens and staff, Oconee County Recycling Centers will no longer be accepting certain recyclable materials. This is a temporary measure.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Oconee County Recycling Centers will no longer accept plastic, glass, paper products, or aluminum cans for recycling. These items require manual sorting, and viruses may cling to surfaces for an extended period of time, putting staff at risk for exposure to COVID-19 or Coronavirus. The Recycling Centers will continue to accept regular household garbage, cardboard, scrap metal, and tires.

Oconee County Recycling Centers will maintain customary hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Recycling Centers are closed Wednesdays and Sundays.

Normal operations and the acceptance of plastic, glass, paper products, and aluminum cans will resume once the threat of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus has passed and Oconee County will continue to provide additional information as the situation evolves. Please be patient as County staff are doing the best they can to continue to serve its citizens during this time.

Press Release - 03/17/2020 (PDF Version)


In order to continue to provide essential services to our citizens and protect the health and well-being of both citizens and staff, Oconee County will be reducing certain non-essential operations and services, as needed. At this time, the County will continue to remain open, however, changes in operations due to the surrounding circumstances may result in longer wait times due to limited staff and personnel.

The Oconee County Council meeting, scheduled for March 17, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. will be held in Council Chambers. For the health and safety of Council, staff and the public, access to Council Chambers will be restricted. The public can view the meeting on Youtube.com and on the County website. Additional means for the public to listen to the meeting are being explored, and an update will be provided prior to call to order. Meeting minutes and recordings may be requested from the Clerk to Council.

The County Council Agenda, amended on March 16, 2020, will include the Oconee County State of Emergency Declaration. The Oconee County Emergency Declaration follows emergency declarations made by the President of the United States and the Governor of South Carolina, and it is purposed to allow more fluid movement by the County Administrator and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. The emergency declaration allows the Administrator to directly authorize certain actions that would normally require County Council approval. The Administrator will take such actions on the advice of the Director of Emergency Services and the County Attorney and in consultation with the Chairman of Council. Typical examples might include expediting procurement activities, altering job functions, and repurposing county facilities.

The Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Health and Welfare Committee and Real Estate, Facilities & Land Management Committee meetings, scheduled for March 17, 2020, have been cancelled. All Boards and Commission meetings have been suspended until after March 31, 2020.

Oconee County requests that all citizens and patrons call ahead or visit the County website (oconeesc.com) prior to visiting the Administrative Offices located in Walhalla at 415 S. Pine Street. Many of the services provided by Oconee County are available online. This will help reduce person-to-person contact and will assist in the efforts to lower the spike of possible exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Department-specific updates are provided below:

Clerk of Court
The Supreme Court of South Carolina has ordered that all Family Courts statewide shall only hear emergency matters including, but not limited to, DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants, and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse. It is further ordered that only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear for these emergency hearings.

Human Resources
Human Resources will suspend job postings and new hires until further notice.

Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT)
The following actions will be taken, effective immediately, to limit face-to-face interactions and avoid group gatherings.

  • All park programs will be postponed until further notice.
  • All county park buildings and shelter rentals will be cancelled with a full refund or rescheduled after April 15.
  • Existing camping reservations will be honored; however, all unreserved camping inventory will be closed until April 15.
  • The South Cove and High Falls stores will be closed to the public until March 31.
  • Day use areas will remain open as of now.
  • The Oconee History Museum will be closed until March 31.

Public Library
All branches of OCPL will be closed to the public until further notice.

Probate Court
Probate Court will remain open, but requests that the public limit visitation unless necessary. Staff will be calling individuals with appointments scheduled over the next few weeks to determine if the individual’s needs can be handled over the telephone, via email or through regular mail. Please contact probate court prior to any walk-in visits to determine if the matter can be handled without an in-person visit. Emergency hearings will continue to be held. Any hearings for non-emergency matters shall be continued to a future date and time. Oconee County Probate Staff will be in communication with attorneys and parties to litigation regarding rescheduling. Continuances and extensions will be granted without difficulty. Public Records, including requests for estates and marriage licenses, are available online.
Phone: 864-638-4275
Email: probateinfo@oconeesc.com

Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds office will remain open with limited access. Recording documents should be sent via mail for recordings, if possible. Digital copies of most plats, deeds and other recorded documents are available on the Oconee County website. Requests for information not readily available may be sent to staff by email or phone. Due to these changes, wait times may be longer than normal. Please be patient with staff as we implement these new procedures.
Phone: 864-638-4285
Email: registerofdeedsinfo@oconeesc.com

Rock Quarry
Regular customers are encouraged to apply for a monthly account to reduce the need to handle money or credit/debit cards.

Treasurer’s Office
Patrons should make all payments to the Oconee County Treasurer’s Office online or via the drive thru window.

Please try to be patient as County staff are doing the best they can to continue to serve its citizens during this time. Additional information regarding County services and any changes thereto will be provided as the situation evolves.

Citizens and staff should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not regularly available, hand sanitizer may be used. High traffic surfaces should be disinfected frequently, including door knobs, light switches and phones. All persons should maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from others as recommended by federal authorities. If you experience symptoms, please stay home except to get medical care.

I would like to personally thank the public and Oconee staff for their continuous efforts in protecting the health and safety of the people of Oconee County.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China. Over the past few weeks, the disease has rapidly spread in multiple countries, including the United States. The virus mainly spreads from person-to-person through direct contact or respiratory droplets. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Public Notice - 03/17/2020:


Tonight’s 6:00 p.m. meeting of the Oconee County Council will go forward as scheduled. Consistent with President Trump’s guidance and that received from the CDC and other authorities, in order to avoid a significant gathering of people, the general public will not be permitted to attend in person.

To ensure the meeting is open to the public, however, you may observe the meeting live on YouTube through the County’s website at Oconeesc.com, and we will be broadcasting the meeting locally on FM 92.3, which you will be able to access if you are parked near the building.

There are no public hearings scheduled for this evening, but if you have a comment you would like to submit, please email our Clerk to Council, Katie Smith at ksmith@oconeesc.com.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
David A. Root,
Oconee County Attorney

page last updated: 07/16/2020 - 11:00AM

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