Baker public health commissioner tests positive
Bharel one of top state officials responding to COVID-19 crisis
DR. MONICA BHAREL, the commissioner of the state Department of Public Health and one of Gov. Charlie Baker’s top lieutenants in the battle against COVID-19, has tested positive for the disease.
In her capacity, she has come in contact with most of the top officials in the Baker administratrion, including the governor and lieutenant governor. She regularly appeared along side Marylou Sudders, the secretary of health and human services, in meetings and at briefings with the press.
Gov. Charlie Baker also issued a statement saying he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito wish her a speedy recovery. “Dr. Bharel is doing exactly what everyone should be doing, which is staying home if you feel sick and taking this virus very seriously,” he said