COVID-19’s Effect on Tennessee’s Businesses and Communities: Today and Tomorrow

The UT Institute for Public Service and its agencies want to invite you to an online discussion about the state of the coronavirus in Tennessee and how it affects our businesses and communities. Our expert guests on this forum are Dr. Jon McCullers, an infectious disease expert, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center and pediatrician-in-chief of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.

Coronavirus and TLC Activities

Dear TLC Family, Friends, Clients and Students:


We wanted to let you know that we are closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (Corona) virus and taking steps to keep everyone as safe as possible.

While Tennessee health officials say the overall risk to the public remains low, as COVID-19 is not currently widespread in Tennessee or the United States, we at the Tennessee Language Center are redoubling our efforts to sanitize our public spaces.  We are increasing the number of times we wipe down shared surfaces, including door handles and classroom tables.


As a best practice, follow the CDC’s recommendation for preventative steps to keep yourself healthy – which includes:

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  3. Wash and dry your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  4. Utilize an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol at minimum) where applicable and if soap is not available.
  5. Stay home when feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.

We intend to follow recommendations made by public health officials in the state and the counties we serve with regard to meetings, gatherings and classes and will advise of any closures or postponement of services.  Contingency plans are being developed to continue classes remotely, if it becomes necessary.  Stay in contact with the language program directors and staff for any changes.


For clients of interpretation and translation services, you may contact us (615-741-7579 or email to schedule an interpreter over the phone or via video, as available.  Most translation services can be handled electronically, as well.


We are here to serve you, and we remain hopeful that neither you nor we will be adversely affected by this contagion.  Please keep us apprised of how we can be of assistance to you!


Thank you!




Janice Snow Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, TN Language Center