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.

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 […]

Flu Activity Prompts Visitor Restrictions at Local Healthcare Facilities

Public health officials are recommending temporary visitation restrictions for area hospitals, healthcare facilities and nursing homes in response to recent increased flu activity. Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan is advising healthcare facilities impose the following restrictions to help protect patients, visitors and staff: Anyone coming to a healthcare facility for treatment who has […]

Test Your Home During National Radon Action Month

Radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, but it could be present at dangerous levels in your home. The Allen County Department of Health urges residents to reduce their risk of lung cancer by having their homes tested during National Radon Action Month in January. Testing is simple and free test kits are available at […]

Public Encouraged to Get Flu Shot to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

Local health officials are encouraging the community to get vaccinated now to avoid “the flu Grinch” from ruining the fast-approaching holiday season. Allen County Health commissioner Deborah McMahan, M.D. was joined by local media at the Kroger Pharmacy, 6002 St. Joe Center Rd. Monday to hear about recent influenza activity and the importance of getting […]

Health Officials Issue Tuberculosis Alert Following Investigation

The Allen County Department of Health is advising some patrons of Cali Nails in Southgate Plaza get tested for tuberculosis after investigating an active case connected to that location. This alert affects that Cali Nails location only. Exposure was limited and risk to patrons is very low. However, the Department is erring on the side […]