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.

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 […]

Mosquitoes capable of carrying disease found right here at home

Take simple steps to protect yourself & your family FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 2, 2018) – We’ve all been there; you just need to mow the yard quick after work or want to sit outside on the porch for a few minutes to read your favorite book.  Did you apply insect repellent first before heading […]

New STD Clinic hours starting Aug. 1

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (7/27/2018) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health’s STD clinic located at 4813 New Haven Avenue will be changing hours beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2018: Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, the Allen County Department of Health’s STD clinic will see patients ONLY by appointment.  Walk-in services will be available only as time permits.  Thank you […]

Health Dept. awarded $54,000 grant to aid refugees

Funding will help pay for interpreters to assist refugees seeking medical & environmental services FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 2, 2018) – The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation awarded a $54,000 grant to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health.  The grant dollars will be used to pay for two part-time interpreters to assist refugees seeking […]

Officials urging families to practice preparedness

June is National Safety Month  FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 26, 2018) – As active shooter incidents continue to rise, it is more important than ever to know how you and your family would respond. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, active shooters choose victims at random.  Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.  […]

Suicide rates increasing locally, and across U.S.

Health Commissioner: “It’s important for everyone to self-screen, reduce stigma” FORT WAYNE, Ind. (06/15/2018) – Local public health officials are seeing an alarming increase in suicides in Allen County.  Since 2014, data shows the rates have gone up by 50 percent.  According to information collected from Allen County death certificates, in 2017, 75 people killed […]

Wild animals pose serious, sometimes fatal health risks

Officials urge residents to not pick up stray wild animals or attempt to nurse sick animals back to health FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/16/2018) – As warm weather moves into the area, officials would like to remind you of the health risks associated with touching and handling wild animals. In Indiana, animals like bats, skunks, foxes, […]

Case of tuberculosis identified in Allen County

Health Dept. testing those who may have had contact, stresses this is a routine infectious disease investigation FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/09/2018) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is conducting a routine investigation of a case of active tuberculosis (TB).  The Department is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and […]