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.

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 […]

Residents urged to prep for tick season and eliminate mosquito breeding sites

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (05/04/2018). – Spring is in full swing and that means the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has begun its annual mosquito control program. For humans and domestic animals, mosquitos are a nuisance as well as a serious health hazard.  Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting various diseases, including West Nile virus (WNv), […]

Health Dept. awarded more grant money to provide education, distribute naloxone

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 2, 2018). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has received a second grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that will allow the department to distribute even more naloxone kits to community agencies in an effort to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The Department received its first […]

Responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused medications

Free DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 28th FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 26, 2018) – If you don’t properly dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription medications, your pills might wind up missing, stolen or misused leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  Don’t be the dealer! According to the Drug Enforcement Administration […]

Opioid crisis panel discussion set for May 15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 25, 2018) – Likely you’ve heard about the opioid crisis; however, you may not know how it could be impacting your friends, family, and neighbors.  Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 8405 Lima Road, will be hosting a free informational panel discussion for the community on Tuesday, May 15th at Bethel United […]

Parents: Talking with kids about safety before Spring Break vacation is vital

Tips for a healthy & safe vacation FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 27, 2018). – Spring Break is right around the corner for many students and naturally some plan on getting away from the Summit City.  Spring break can often be the first vacation a teen or young adult takes without their parents.  Whether they’re hitting […]

Hospitals lift visitor restrictions as flu cases drop

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 15, 2018) – Effective immediately, Allen County hospitals are lifting visitor restrictions put in place in January to guard against the flu. For the safety of patients and staff over the last 10 weeks, the hospitals have been limiting visitors to two per patient at one time and only visitors who […]

Clinic services limited on April 10

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (3/12/2018) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health’s immunization services, STD, and infectious disease clinics will be closed from 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.  Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, April 11. If you have any questions, please contact the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health Medical Annex (260) 449-7504.