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Posted on: March 18, 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGARDING COVID-19

STATEMENT FROM THE OCONEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGARDING COVID-19 

With the President of the United States and Governor of the State of Georgia both declaring states of emergency, Oconee has taken guidance from recommendations of the CDC to prepare and continue to react to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic.

It is critical that our most vulnerable citizens are protected and last week we closed the Senior Center, cancelled all recreational activities and closed both gyms to the public.  Additionally, we have ramped up our meals on wheels deliveries to seniors to ensure we can continue to serve people in need.


Recognizing CDC recommendations on group gatherings, Civic Center staff began working with booked events last week on postponement and we have closed the Civic Center to all events through the end of the month.  We have cancelled all advisory board meetings for the month and as of right now are intending to hold Commissioner meetings virtually.


Similarly, recommendations from CDC regarding social distancing and interactions have been considered and at the end of the day on Tuesday, we closed all county facilities to the public, moved appropriate staff to telecommuting and developed an internal staff rotation to ensure adequate distancing while maintaining the ability to perform governmental operations through email, website and over the phone.  People not wishing to make payments online may utilize drop-boxes set up for the Tax Commissioner Office and Water Resources.


Today we were made aware of a potential exposure to an employee at the County landfill.  Although no employees are displaying symptoms at this time, all collection attendants have been sent into quarantine for two weeks.  All collection sites are undergoing a third-party sanitization and a plan is being developed to temporarily allow collection on an unattended basis. 


We encourage all citizens to follow CDC and national taskforce recommendations on limiting groups to no more than 10 people, maintaining at least 6-feet of separation and utilize drive-through, pick-up or delivery options for food.  Additionally, it is recommended that everyone stay at home where possible.  The Governor has cancelled school for several weeks, which helps reduce significant social interaction but we recommend that you continue to re-emphasize this with kids who naturally want to congregate.


We are in truly uncharted waters with this COVID-19 Pandemic and we recognize the uncertainty associated with this from a whole community perspective.  We are constantly in touch with state and regional health officials, who give guidance so that we can make the best decisions and recommendations for everyone.  As situations change, we will continue to adjust, as the health of our community is our most important consideration.  


I encourage you to keep up to date with information on our website, which will be updated several times daily with new information. 

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