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.

Residents urged to wear insect repellent

Allen County approaching peak time for West Nile virus, late July into early August FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 18, 2017). – As we experience warm temperatures and above average rainfall totals, mosquitoes are able to breed and move through their life cycle rapidly.  Residents are being reminded to mosquito-proof themselves and their homes. Mosquitoes carrying […]

Health officials pleased to see naloxone standing ordered renewed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 30, 2017). – Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan and Executive Board of Health President Dr. William Pond are pleased State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome M. Adams renewed the statewide standing order for Hoosiers to access lifesaving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. The standing order removes barriers for Hoosiers […]

Health Dept. awarded $40,000 grant to aid refugees

Funding will help pay for interpreters to assist refugees seeking medical & environmental services FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 27, 2017). – The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health.  The grant dollars will be used to pay for two part-time interpreters to assist refugees seeking […]

Free HIV & Hep. C testing offered on June 27th

Residents urged to “Take the test, take control” ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (06/22/2017). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will be observing National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. The Department of Health has teamed up with Walgreens on Creighton Avenue to offer free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Free rapid HIV […]

Know your HIV status: “Take the test, take control”

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (5/22/2017). –The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has learned about the recent Fort Wayne Police Department investigation and arrest regarding an individual accused of failing to warn about his positive HIV status and possibly spreading HIV to others.  The Health Department would like to take this opportunity to educate our community […]

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

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/18/2017). – 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), […]

Screen Sooner if You’re a Boomer

Health Dept. & YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne teaming up to offer FREE Hepatitis C & Diabetes screening at select locations FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 12, 2017). – Hepatitis C and diabetes are often times “silent killers” in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the greatest hepatitis C […]

Asthma action plans can save lives

May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 27, 2017). – Over 22 million people living in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. For those who suffer from asthma, it can be life-threatening. Although asthma cannot […]

Parents: Talking with kids about safety before Spring Break vacation is vital

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 30, 2017). – Spring Break is right around the corner for many students and naturally some plan on getting away from the Summit City.  Spring break can often be the first vacation a teen or young adult takes without their parents.  Whether they’re hitting the beach or the slopes, a conversation […]