FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne – Allen County Department of Health has launched a new and improved website with a separate portal that will enable people to look up health inspection records, even from their smartphone.
The department’s website hasn’t moved, it can still be found at http://www.allencountyhealth.com, however it has a new menu and search functions for better navigation. The biggest improvement though is that it’s now more mobile device friendly, meaning you can view it much easier on smartphones and tablets.
The highlight though, may be what’s called “Allen County Health Inspector,” which is a portal where health inspection records for restaurants and other retail food establishments, hotels, motels, tattoo parlors and public swimming pools and spas can be found. The records go back three years. You can search by name, address of the establishment or both. The inspection reports show what violations were cited and in the case of hotels and motels, there’s a letter grade given based on the last inspection. A map using GPS technology allows users to pinpoint the location of establishments or find ones near their current location.
Officials with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health believe it’s the first public health agency in Indiana to have such a portal and one of the few in the nation that offers inspection results for more than just restaurants.
The Department of Health enforces the public health and sanitation standards for retail food establishments, tattoo parlors, public swimming pools and lodging establishments in Allen County. Most health inspections are unannounced visits. Inspectors note any violations that occur and many of them are corrected on the spot. In some cases, a follow-up inspection is conducted to ensure a problem has not resurfaced.
Only in the worst cases where there is an imminent threat to the public’s health — such as the presence of raw sewage, lack of running water or a pest infestation — will health officials close an establishment until the problem is fixed.