News & Alerts

The following are official news releases issued by the 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.

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 earlier this week will take effect Monday, Nov. 23. The […]

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 […]

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 […]