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.

Bats could pose rabies risks for residents

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (9/18/2017). –- If a bat is found in your home, do not kill it or set it free if there is a chance it may have come in contact with a person or pet.  County health officials urge you instead to safely capture the bat and contact the local animal control office […]

Clinic services limited on Sept. 25, Sept. 28 & Oct. 2

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (9/15/2017) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health’s immunization services clinic will be closed on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health’s STD and infectious disease clinics will be closed on Sept. 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health […]

As Friday night football heats up, so do mosquitoes

Health officials urge residents to remain vigilant in fight against mosquitoes ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (9/1/2017). – As summer winds down, mosquito activity often heats up. That’s why public health officials are urging residents to continue to take the proper precautions to keep themselves from being bitten. Especially for those who plan to be outside at […]

Community event aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma, remember those who died of overdose

Healing our community with hope FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 15, 2017). – Communities across the world will come together on August 31, 2017 for “International Overdose Awareness Day.”  The purpose is to raise awareness, break the stigma, celebrate recovery and remember those we have loved and lost.  This tragedy is preventable! “Allen County continues to […]

Send your children back to school protected from serious diseases

Nat’l Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 7, 2017). – Back-to-school season is here.  It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs.  It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations. To […]

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 […]