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Top aide to R.I. Governor Raimondo tests positive for COVID-19

Brett Smiley looked on as Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo held a press conference in March.KRIS CRAIG/THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL/POOL PHOTO

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top aide to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Department of Administration Director Brett Smiley got his positive result on Thursday, the agency said in a statement.

Smiley immediately began quarantining after he was informed Monday that he had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive, agency spokesperson Robert Dulski wrote. He is not showing symptoms.

Smiley is often seen standing near Raimondo during media briefings.

But Dulski said Smiley has not had contact with Raimondo since Dec. 3 and his expsoure came after that.

“Director Smiley has been working from home for the past week and has had no close contacts in state government,” Dulski said.

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Smiley was Raimondo’s chief of staff before being appointed to his current position earlier this year.

The Department of Administration oversees multiple state government functions, including central management, legal services, budgeting, human resources, information technology and appropriations.