We are dedicating the bulk of our campaign organization to COVID-19 response
April 13, 2020


Continuing his series of virtual town halls, Kennedy addresses COVID-19 in Middlesex County with Everett City Councilor Gerly Adrien and Dr. Karen Freund of Tufts Medical Center

Watertown, MA — Committed to sharing COVID-19 updates and staying connected with residents, Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host a virtual town hall today for Middlesex County. The town hall is his second in a series of eight virtual town halls focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. He held his first, for Western Massachusetts, last week.

Today’s Middlesex town hall will be held today at 2:30 PM via Zoom.
For members of the press that wish to tune in, please RSVP at [email protected]

Kennedy will give an update on COVID-19, discuss his efforts in DC to provide relief, and address other topics of concern. Dr. Karen Freud, the Interim Physician-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center will join Kennedy to help answer questions and share important COVID-19 guidance. Everett At-Large City Councilor Gerly Adrien will also attend the virtual town hall. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions via the chat section on Zoom.

In January, Kennedy held 13 town halls across the state, including two entirely in Spanish. These virtual town halls are a continuation of his campaign's commitment to accessibility for every person in the Commonwealth.

For members of the press that wish to tune in, please RSVP at [email protected]

Staying connected, even as we're apart

Kennedy, 39, is all over social media.” –– Fredreka Schouten, CNN

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Congressman Joe Kennedy III reoriented his campaign to focus on what matters most right now –– making sure people have the resources and information they need to stay safe.

Here are just a few ways Joe is stepping up:

Live Social Media Check-ins –– Kennedy is keeping in touch with people in his daily Facebook Live check-ins. These often include special appearances from Ellie and James keeping busy at home. Since March 13th, Kennedy has gone Live 38 times across social media platforms, including 9 multi-platform streams, and his live streams have reached over 6.5 million social feeds.

Real-time text updates –– Kennedy launched a real-time text service for people to stay updated on his efforts to keep people safe across the Commonwealth. Text JK3 to 44939 for your updates!

“Community Check-in Phone Banks” –– Kennedy for MA field organizers and volunteers are checking in with older residents. For those who need help with things like grocery runs and prescription refills, Team Kennedy puts them in touch with local food banks and resources offering services. Check out this awesome twitter thread from one of our organizers highlighting a success story!

Raising money for organizations fighting COVID-19 on the front lines –– Although he suspended active fundraising activity for his campaign, Kennedy continues to ask his supporters to donate to organizations helping people most in need –– like Project Bread, Pine Street Inn, and Meals on Wheels. To date, Kennedy has raised nearly $40K for a list of local and national charity groups. Most recently, Kennedy raised over $15K for personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline workers across the country.

“Kennedy Evening Broadcasts” –– Kennedy recently announced he would host evening broadcasts from his home in Newton every Monday and Thursday night. Dubbed “Kennedy Evening Broadcasts,” these episodes include co-hosts from across the country, provide critical information on COVID-19, and discuss best practices for living life in quarantine. To date, Kennedy has co-hosted evening broadcasts with NBC Sports Reporter Trenni Kusnierek, children's author Peter Reynolds, and celebrity chef Tiffani Faison.

Weekly Wednesday Q&A –– In this time of deep uncertainty, Kennedy is hosting a Weekly Wednesday Q&A to take questions directly from supporters and the general public on Facebook Live. These Q&As take place every Wednesday evening at 8pm on the Kennedy for MA Facebook page.

Virtual Town Halls –– Prior to his evening broadcasts, Kennedy hosted a series of virtual town halls with special guests, including State Rep./ Dr. Jon Santiago, Jason Furman, José Andrés, and others.

Checking in with Spanish-speakers –– Kennedy is committed to bringing critical information to Spanish-speakers in regular Facebook Live videos and is providing Spanish language materials on his online response center.

Online Rapid Response Center / Virtual Campaign Office –– Immediately following the Governor’s state of emergency announcement, Kennedy created an online rapid response center as well as a virtual campaign office to keep people informed. These pages are updated daily with guidance from the Governor and the CDC, as well as updates on what is happening in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 13, 2020 in Press Releases.