Massachusetts Department of Public Health commissioner tests positive for coronavirus - News - The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health commissioner tests positive for coronavirus – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday evening Commissioner Monica Bharel has tested positive for the coronavirus.

She was tested Thursday night and received the results on Friday from the State Public Health Laboratory, according to an official statement from Bharel.

“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,” she said. “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.”

Bharel regularly appeared alongside Gov. Charlie Baker during his daily COVID-19 press conferences. The last she attended was on March 23, where she stood at least six feet away from the governor.  

The Department of Public Health offices will be thoroughly cleaned over the weekend according to the statement.

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