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.

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 […]

Department Warns of Health Threats with Dangerous Wind Chills

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (January 29, 2019) – The Allen County Health Department is advising residents take extra precaution to avoid risks of exposure in extreme temperatures forecasted for the community this week. “I tend to be a bit cavalier about weather myself, but I want to be sure we are all taking these weather predictions […]

Get up-to-date seasonal outbreak info here

As winter nears, so does the spread of many highly contagious viruses. The Allen County Department of Health works hard to keep the public informed of local upticks and outbreaks of communicable and often preventable illnesses. So be sure to check here often for the latest information on what bugs we’re seeing make the rounds, […]

2019 Executive Board of Health Meetings

The Allen County Executive Board of Health will meet in regular session on the following dates in 2019: • Monday, January 28 • Monday, April 15 • Monday, July 15 • Monday, October 21 All meetings take place at 5:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers Courtroom Room 035 on the Garden level of Citizens Square, […]

New communications director announced

For Immediate Release New Communications Director Announced FORT WAYNE, Ind. (10/01/2018). – The Allen County Department of Health is pleased to announce Megan Hubartt will be assuming the duties of Communications Director, effective immediately. A Fort Wayne native and graduate of Indiana University, Megan brings a strong communications and journalistic background to her new position.  […]

Rise in number of mosquitoes carrying potentially fatal virus

West Nile virus infecting local mosquito population, protect your family & wear repellent FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 23, 2018) – With summer winding down, it’s important you don’t become complacent with health and safety. West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases are commonly found throughout the state each summer and there is usually an increase […]

Community event aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma, remember those who died of overdose

Healing our community with hope FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 22, 2018) – Communities across the world will come together on August 31, 2018 for “International Overdose Awareness Day.”  The purpose is to raise awareness, break the stigma, celebrate recovery and remember those we have loved and lost.  This tragedy is preventable! “Anxiety, addiction (also known […]