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.

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 […]

Public Encouraged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes & Ticks

Spring has arrived, and with it comes mosquitoes and ticks. These critters are not only a nuisance but can also pose serious health hazards. So the Department of Health is reminding the public of steps they can take to protect themselves from exposure and to help eliminate potential breeding sites. Residents can do their part […]

Local Healthcare Facilities Lift Visitor Restrictions as Flu Cases Drop

Effective immediately, Allen County hospitals, healthcare facilities and nursing homes are lifting visitor restrictions put in place last month in response to increased flu activity. For the safety of patients and staff over the last several weeks, healthcare facilities have been limiting visitors to two per patient at one time and only visitors who are […]

Health Department Awarded Naloxone Kits to Prevent Overdoses

The Allen County Department of Health has received another grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to distribute more naloxone kits to community agencies in an effort to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The Allen County Department of Health will be distributing more than 800 naloxone kits from ISDH to community partners including […]

Flu Activity Prompts Visitor Restrictions at Local Healthcare Facilities

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 21, 2019) – Allen County 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 […]

Health Officials Remind it’s Not Too Late for the Flu Shot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 18, 2019). – With spring approaching and focus shifting from common winter illnesses to warmer thoughts and vacation plans, local health care providers reminded the community to remember the influenza season is not over yet, and there is still time to take precaution. “We have been fortunate that locally we have […]

Protect your health by testing your home for radon gas

Radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, but it could be present at dangerous levels in your home. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Because it is odorless and invisible, the only way to detect exposure is through testing. The Allen […]