Brett Kelman, The Tennessean

Brett Kelman

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Brett:

This week in coronavirus: Should you get a Pfizer booster? A quick guide.

Pfizer booster shots are now widely available in Tennessee. Are you eligible? Should you get one? This is what you need to know. → Read More

Tennessee weather: Heavy rain, flooding forecast for Nashville, Memphis and surrounding counties

The National Weather Service issued flood watches and flood advisories spanning much of Tennessee on Saturday morning. → Read More

At the Tennessee state lab, genetic testing hunts for the next COVID-19 variant

The Tennessee state public health lab has begun whole genomic sequencing testing to detect the spread of COVID-19 variants. → Read More

'I did not order this muzzle': Former state vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus sues for defamation

Dr. Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee's former top vaccine official, filed a defamation lawsuit against the state government on Thursday. → Read More

This week in coronavirus: Tennessee climbs to the top of the worst list

Tennessee leads the United States in recent COVID-19 infections, adjusted for population, according to new CDC data. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizes more Tennesseans right now than ever

Tennessee is now reporting more people hospitalized by COVID-19, more ICU patients with COVID-19 and more kids hospitalized by the virus, than ever. → Read More

Tennessee underreported COVID-19 hospitalizations by about 5,100

The coronavirus pandemic hospitalized about 5,100 more Tennesseans than previously reported over the past 14 months, per updated state data. → Read More

The Michelle Fiscus story is a confusing mess. This timeline will help.

Dr. Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee's former top vaccine official, was fired just as the COVID-19 pandemic returned in force. → Read More

Tennessee surpasses 1 million COVID-19 infections amid delta surge

The vast majority of new COVID-19 infections and deaths occur among unvaccinated Tennesseans. And yet, most of the state remains unvaccinated. → Read More

Nashville police to reinvestigate mysterious muzzle at Dr. Michelle Fiscus' request

Tennessee's former top vaccine official, Michlle Fisucs, asked Nashville police to reinvestigate a mysterious muzzle mailed to her. → Read More

Tennessee doctors rally to oppose governor's ban of school mask mandates

COVID-19 infections among Tennessee children age 5 to 18 have increased steadily for weeks, since even before school resumed. → Read More

All ICU beds full at most hospitals in every major Tennessee metro area, says hospital association

Tennessee has seen a tremendous increase in coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic returned in force. → Read More

As COVID-19 soars, where are Tennessee's overflow hospitals? Gone.

Overflow facilities built to treat COVID-19 patients in Nashville and Memphis were deconstructed in July. → Read More

At Tennessee children's hospitals, one surging virus leaves little room for another

An unprecedented summer surge of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has left Tennessee children's hospitals with little capacity for COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Lost your COVID-19 vaccination card? It's easy to get a new one.

Maybe you've lost your COVID-19 vaccine card and need a new one. Here's what you need to know to get a new COVID vaccination card in Tennessee. → Read More

Tennessee's vaccination pace nearly doubles as delta variant reignites COVID-19

Only 39% of Tennessee residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But the pace of new vaccinations is rising as the delta variant spreads. → Read More

The coronavirus took this man's dad. And now, he warns, it is coming back for more.

Steve Bridgmon, a Nashville Christian country musician, lost his father to COVID-19. Now, as he tours southern churches, his message is clear: Get vaccinated. → Read More

'I fear I will bury a child': Southern states vulnerable to COVID-19 delta variant surge

"It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks," Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama said. → Read More

Ex-Vanderbilt nurse Radonda Vaught loses nursing license for fatal drug error

The Tennessee Board of Health unanimously voted to revoke Vaught's license, ending her ability to work as a nurse, and fined her $3,000. → Read More

Tennessee to restart nearly all vaccine outreach paused amid GOP pressure, says health commissioner

Tennessee will start promoting adolescent vaccines again after pausing outreach this month, sparking a media firestorm. → Read More