Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel provide an update on coronavirus preparedness efforts at the State House on March 10, 2020. [Joshua Qualls/Governor’s Press Office]
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BOSTON – Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel announced tonight, March 27, she has tested positive for COVID-19.

“As the public health commissioner and an essential state employee, I have been vigilant about practicing social distancing from my colleagues and members of the public,” Dr. Bharel wrote in a statement.

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“My symptoms so far have been mild. I have notified my appropriate close contacts and will rest and recuperate at home, while continuing to carry out my work responsibilities remotely,” wrote Dr. Bharel

Dr. Bharel has been has been at many of Governor Charlie Baker’s press conferences and is essential to the Commonwealth’s response to the pandemic.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts said Dr. Bharel has not been in close contact with the Governor.

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Dr. Bharel has not been in contact with the Governor since becoming symptomatic, according to the Commonwealth.

“Lt. Governor Polito and I wish Dr. Bharel a speedy recovery and are glad she is recuperating at home,” Gov. Baker said in a statement.

“Dr. Bharel is doing exactly what everyone should be doing, which is staying home if you feel sick and taking this virus very seriously,” said the Governor in a statement.

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