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.

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 […]

New Allen County Health Commissioner Appointed

The Allen County Department of Health executive board unanimously approved the appointment of a new health commissioner Thursday. Dr. Matthew Sutter was voted to take on the health commissioner role by all seven members of the executive board and has a tentative start date of June 15. Dr. Sutter is a practicing emergency medicine physician […]

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 […]

Allen County Announces First COVID-19 Death

The Department of Health announced the first Allen County death from COVID-19 Sunday. “Our hearts go out to the family who lost their loved one today as a result of COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. “We continue to ask for the community’s help in adhering to guidance that will slow the spread of […]

Two Allen County COVID-19 Cases Confirmed

The Allen County Department of Health, in consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health, has confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in two county residents. The patients are currently isolated. The Department is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patients who may have been exposed […]

SSP Closed Due to COVID-19

The Allen County Syringe Services Program will be closed starting March 17 until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide any updates on when services will resume at and on our Facebook pages.

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 Additionally, Department […]

Allen County Health Commissioner Set to Retire in June

After 20 years serving as Allen County health commissioner, Dr. Deborah McMahan announced plans Monday to retire later this year. The announcement was made at the Allen County Executive Board of Health meeting at Citizens Square Monday evening. The Executive Board will begin the search process for her replacement in the coming weeks. McMahan will […]