Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel announced Friday evening that 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," Bharel wrote in a statement. "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 has been a regular participant in Gov. Charlie Baker's pubic announcements about the coronavirus pandemic, and is a central player in the state's response.

But Bharel has not been in close contact with the governor, said Department of Public Health spokeswoman Ann Scales. "The Commissioner’s close contacts have been contacted and do not include the governor," Scales told WGBH News. "She has practiced social distancing and has not been in contact with him since becoming symptomatic."

“Lt. Governor Polito and I wish Dr. Bharel a speedy recovery and are glad she is recuperating at home," 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."

Matt Baskin contributed to this report.