News & Events

This is the page for official news releases issued by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. All media inquiries and public records requests are handled through the Communications Office. For questions, call Megan Tinkel at (260) 449-7395.

Air Quality Action Day for Ozone on June 16 & 17

The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 2018. Active children and adults, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease should limit or avoid prolonged outdoor exertion while an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone is in effect. […]

Suicide rates increasing locally, and across U.S.

Health Commissioner: “It’s important for everyone to self-screen, reduce stigma” FORT WAYNE, Ind. (06/15/2018) – Local public health officials are seeing an alarming increase in suicides in Allen County.  Since 2014, data shows the rates have gone up by 50 percent.  According to information collected from Allen County death certificates, in 2017, 75 people killed […]

Air Quality Action Day for Ozone on May 27 & 28

The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Sunday, May 27 & Monday, May 28. Active children and adults, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease should limit or avoid prolonged outdoor exertion while an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone is […]

Air Quality Action Day for Ozone on May 25

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 24, 2018) – The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Friday, May 25, 2018. Active children and adults, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease should limit or avoid prolonged outdoor exertion while an Air Quality Action Day for […]

Air Quality Action Day for Ozone on May 24

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 24, 2018) – The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Active children and adults, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease should limit or avoid prolonged outdoor exertion while an Air Quality Action Day for […]

Wild animals pose serious, sometimes fatal health risks

Officials urge residents to not pick up stray wild animals or attempt to nurse sick animals back to health FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/16/2018) – As warm weather moves into the area, officials would like to remind you of the health risks associated with touching and handling wild animals. In Indiana, animals like bats, skunks, foxes, […]

Case of tuberculosis identified in Allen County

Health Dept. testing those who may have had contact, stresses this is a routine infectious disease investigation FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/09/2018) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is conducting a routine investigation of a case of active tuberculosis (TB).  The Department is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and […]

Residents urged to prep for tick season and eliminate mosquito breeding sites

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/04/2018). – Spring is in full swing and that means the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has begun its annual mosquito control program. For humans and domestic animals, mosquitos are a nuisance as well as a serious health hazard.  Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting various diseases, including West Nile virus (WNv), […]

Health Dept. awarded more grant money to provide education, distribute naloxone

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 2, 2018). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has received a second grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that will allow the department to distribute even more naloxone kits to community agencies in an effort to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The Department received its first […]

Responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused medications

Free DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 28th FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 26, 2018) – If you don’t properly dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription medications, your pills might wind up missing, stolen or misused leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  Don’t be the dealer! According to the Drug Enforcement Administration […]