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 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 […]

Dangers of Sepsis Highlighted During Awareness Month

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2019) – In observance of Sepsis Awareness Month, an informational media availability is being hosted by Lutheran Health and the Allen County Department of Health on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at noon. To increase community understanding of this dangerous disease, which is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, media […]

Tips to Stay Safe & Healthy at Summer Animal Exhibits

With summer fairs and festivals just around the corner, the Allen County Department of Health wants to remind families to practice healthy handling at petting zoos and other animal exhibits. “Fun summer activities like petting zoos are a great opportunity for positive interactions with animals if done safely,” said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health […]

Air Quality Action Day June 27

The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups for Thursday, June 27. 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. If breathing […]

Free Testing on National HIV Testing Day June 27

The Allen County Department of Health is partnering with Walgreens to offer free, confidential HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day. Free rapid HIV testing will be available Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Walgreens, 110 E. Creighton Ave. No appointment is necessary, and results are provided in 20 minutes. “Everyone should know […]

Reminder to Practice Safe & Healthy Swimming

As pool and lake season approaches, the Allen County Health Department wants to remind the community to practice safe and healthy swimming. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is designated May 20–26 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the goal to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of […]