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 Hubartt at (260) 449-7395.

Local Public Health Order Renewed Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Spread

The Allen County health commissioner is renewing local public health restrictions due to the continued widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the community. “As we expect Allen County to again shift to the state’s red category this week, we believe ongoing limits are needed in spaces where spread is more likely,” said health commissioner Dr. Sutter. […]

Changes to Services During Citizens Square Closure

The Allen County Department of Health will continue to provide various services to the public over the phone, through the mail and online during the closure of its downtown offices. The closure of Citizens Square to the public announced by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in November, and the city’s current plans are to reopen […]

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 Renewed in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Allen County health commissioner renewed and revised local public health restrictions to go into effect Sunday due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the community. “It is imperative our community remains vigilant practicing the public health measures we know work to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said health commissioner Dr. Matthew […]

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 […]

SSP Closed November 17

The Allen County Department of Health Syringe Services Program will be closed Tuesday, November 17.

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 […]