Health Alerts

This is the page for official health alerts from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. These alerts are intended for local healthcare providers and other community partners to make them aware of issues of public health significance.

Local Public Health Order Revised & Renewed in Case of Future Virus Surges

The Allen County health commissioner revised and renewed local public health restrictions to help slow any future surges of COVID-19 if the county shifts back into the state’s red advisory level. “While we are glad to see the continued decrease in COVID-19 spread in the county, we want to be prepared with a renewed local […]

Department to Launch Vaccine Clinic at Memorial Coliseum

The Allen County Department of Health will join the statewide effort vaccinating eligible people against COVID-19 beginning next week at the Memorial Coliseum. The vaccine is now available to individuals age 80 and older, as well as to licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material […]

Health Commissioner Urges Caution as County Lifts Some Restrictions

Health officials are urging the community to continue using extreme caution to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as some local public health restrictions are lifted. Since the county has remained in the state’s orange advisory level for two consecutive weeks, restrictions outlined in the local public health order on bars, restaurants and gyms while […]

Local Public Health Order Announced in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Allen County health commissioner announced additional local public health restrictions due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the community. Dr. Matthew Sutter was joined by local elected officials and hospital leadership to announce the Public Health Order, which goes into effect Sunday, November 22 at 12 a.m. “This order is focused on […]

Health Department Provides COVID-19 Safety Tips for Halloween

With Halloween approaching, the Allen County Department of Health is recommending the community use extra precautions during their holiday celebrations to prevent an increase in COVID-19 spread. “We can’t expect to carry on with all traditions as usual in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County health commissioner. “But by […]

Health Department Opening New COVID-19 Testing Sites in Allen County  

Hoosiers will have more options for accessing free COVID-19 testing when the Allen County Department of Health opens two new sites in early October. The testing locations are both in Fort Wayne, with a central site opening Oct. 1 and a north site opening Oct. 5. Free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect active […]

Avoid Rabies Exposure This Summer

New Indiana Website Offers Tools, Guidance INDIANAPOLIS (31 August 2020)—Do you know what to do when you or your pet encounters a bat? Late summer is when the small, flying mammals begin leaving their maternal colonies and may occasionally encounter people or pets. While a relatively small percentage of bats in Indiana carry rabies, Hoosiers […]

Health Officials Strongly Recommend Face Coverings in Public

The Allen County Department of Health is strongly recommending the community use cloth facial coverings in public until transmission of COVID-19 significantly slows. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently modified recommendations, advising cloth face coverings should be used in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (like grocery […]

Health Department Announces Hotline and Webpage for COVID-19

In an effort to keep the community up-to-date and informed on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Allen County Department of Health has developed a public hotline and webpage devoted to the evolving issue. Community resources and links to reputable sources of updated information from various public health entities can be found at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19. Additionally, Department […]