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Public health officials & hospitals remind community of precautions, visitor restrictions with rising respiratory virus activity

Public health officials and the local hospital systems want to remind the community about the importance of adhering to visitation policies during heightened respiratory virus activity in Allen County. Cases of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19 and other viruses have risen in recent weeks.

Drive-through COVID-19 bivalent booster clinic to be held Sept. 22

A drive-through vaccination clinic Thursday, Sept. 22 will provide Allen County residents with free, newly available COVID-19 vaccinations.

Animals pose serious, sometimes fatal risks

It’s important that residents as well as doctors and veterinarians report bites and exposures to animals such as bats, which can spread diseases including rabies – a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted when people and pets are scratched or bitten by infected animals.

New Allen County Health Commissioner appointed

The Allen County Executive Board of Health on Monday appointed a new health commissioner to lead local efforts to promote and protect public health.

Residents encouraged to protect themselves from mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can carry and transmit diseases including West Nile Virus

Air Quality Action Day declared for ozone

The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecast to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups for tomorrow – Thursday, June 30.

Free, fast screening offered on National HIV Testing Day

Rapid tests requiring a finger-stick, a drop of blood and results in just one minute will be offered at Walgreens, 110 E. Creighton Ave. (corner of East Creighton and South Calhoun Street). No appointment is necessary.

Department grant to fight lead exposure

A state grant worth up to nearly $439,000 will bolster ongoing Allen County Department of Health efforts to lessen the harmful effects of lead on children.

Residents urged to safely dispose of spoiled food following storms

With many still without power following strong storms this week, the Allen County Department of Health is urging residents to carefully monitor food kept in refrigerators and freezers and properly dispose of any spoiled food.

Shelters opened for those impacted by storm

The local Red Cross is helping storm-impacted residents in northeast Indiana with shelters in Fort Wayne and Columbia City.

Air Quality Action Day declared for ozone

Local levels forecast to be unhealthy for some

New Department of Health website launched

First redesign in nearly a decade aims to improve assistance, interaction