Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Clay County Emergency Management office hours are by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment, contact the office,  we may be able to handle it over the phone or with email.

For more information, call 605.677.7185 or send an email to Layne Stewart

Clay County COVID-19 Updates & Information

The Clay County Courthouse will once again be open to the public starting on June 1, 2020 under the following restrictions.
  • Masks will be required of all customers.
  • Only the East Entrance will be open.
  • Social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizing and regular surface cleanings remain in place.
  • Please Stay Home if you are sick.
  • Call individual offices to make alternative arrangements to transact your business.
  • Some offices may be allowing only one customer at a time to enter.
  • Check with individual offices for any additional practices/requirements.

Please use this LINK to the County Webpage to find the contact information to the individual offices or look for the individual office in the links below. They will be able to conduct business with you via telephone, email, potential online availability or standard mail. The pages may also include specific information related to the policies during this Pandemic.

There is a drop box at the North entrance of the Courthouse and the department may instruct you to use it if necessary. Please verify with the office before placing any items in the drop box.

Thank you for understanding that the health and safety of our staff and citizens is of utmost concern during this Pandemic.

Auditor | Treasurer | Assessor | Commissioners | Extension & 4H | Highway | Weed | Sheriff & Jail | State’s Attorney | Register of Deeds | Zoning / Veterans / Welfare


COVID-19 Safety Information

Good information is key to making good choices during this pandemic. Use trustworthy sources and don’t rely on internet “rumor” as your main source of information. The CDC, South Dakota Department of Health  and Sanford Health update their sites with the latest information daily. If you have immediate questions you can call the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-997-2880 or the 211 Helpline.

General Information Sites

| CDC | South Dakota Department of Health | Sanford Vermillion Medical Center | 211 Helpline | SD DOH COVID Phone App |

Frequently Asked Questions

| South Dakota FAQ Page |What is Social Distancing? |

Should I be Tested?

COVID-19 Testing Facts | Screening App for Yourself or Family Member |

Keeping Myself Safe

| Hand Sanitizers and COVID-19 | Guidelines for the Use of Face Masks | Pattern for the Avera Health – Olson Mask |

Cleaning and Disinfecting

| CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines | SD DOH Cleaning Recommendations |


Social Media Updates

Clay County Emergency Management also uses social media for releasing updates to the public. Please follow us to receive this information.

Clay County OEM Facebook | Clay County OEM Twitter |


Area COVID-19 Pages

Like Clay County, other area Agencies are working on making the citizens safe throughout the County. The following pages give specific information for their jurisdictions.


City of Vermillion | Town of Wakonda | Town of Irene |

Vermillion Business Information

| Vermillion Chamber and Development Company |

Public/Private Schools and University

| Vermillion Public Schools | Irene – Wakonda Schools | St. Agnes SchoolUniversity of South Dakota |