Allen County, Fort Wayne Provide Updates To Coronavirus Response

Mar 24, 2020

A quiet Fort Wayne city hall, Citizens Square, earlier this month.
Credit Rebecca Green / Northeast Indiana Public Radio/WBOI

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters and other stakeholders in the health and law enforcement fields provided an update to county residents as the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus continues.

As of early this afternoon, the Allen County health department has reported seven cases of the coronavirus in the county. It was the first public meeting of city and county officials since Governor Eric Holcomb’s two-week stay-at-home order beginning Wednesday.

Henry once again encouraged rigorous hand-washing while continuing to practice social distancing, adding that if anyone were to need hand sanitizer the city can and will assist in the effort.

Peters said the governor's order provides the county and its municipalities an opportunity to assess the next steps.

 

“Folks, it’s not going to cripple this community, but what it does do is underscore the need to utilize common sense.”

Both also stressed that police and fire departments in Fort Wayne and around Allen County are still working, and that 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 continue to work as normal. A news release after the gathering also noted that, “All protocols, policies, and contingencies are in place to respond to all possible scenarios.”

Additional city meetings will be shared over live video in the coming weeks. Fort Wayne City Council will still meet this evening, and can be viewed from home on channel 58 (Comcast), channel 28 (Frontier), or live streamed through the Allen County Public Library.

  On Tuesday afternoon, Allen County announced it was operating with essential personnel only. Fort Wayne announced the closure of all playgrounds in compliance with the governor's order.

On Tuesday afternoon, Allen County announced it was operating with essential personnel only. Fort Wayne announced the closure of all playgrounds in compliance with the governor's order.