Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who is campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that would decide management of the Senate, is isolating after receiving both a unfavourable and positive test for the coronavirus on Friday and then receiving an inconclusive consequence on Saturday, a marketing campaign spokesman mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has worn masks whereas interacting with individuals, however was indoors and unmasked amongst unmasked crowds at an occasion on Thursday. She wore a masks whereas greeting voters who lined as much as meet her.
On Friday morning, she took two coronavirus checks, based on her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.
One of these was a fast test, which got here again unfavourable, and Ms. Loeffler “was cleared to attend” occasions on Friday, together with a rally with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue of Georgia, Mr. Lawson mentioned. But the second test, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., test — which is thought of extra correct — got here again with a positive consequence after her occasions on Friday night, he mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, obtained one other P.C.R. test on Saturday morning. But it was “inconclusive,” Mr. Lawson mentioned of the outcomes, which got here in Saturday night.
The senator adopted C.D.C. pointers by notifying these with whom she had had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional test outcomes, he mentioned.
“She has no signs and she’s going to proceed to comply with C.D.C. pointers by quarantining till retesting is conclusive and an replace shall be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned in a press release.
Ms. Loeffler has held latest occasions with distinguished Republicans, together with Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr. Perdue, who is additionally engaged in a runoff election that would decide management of the Senate. Mr. Perdue is remaining at residence till extra particulars are identified in regards to the well being standing of Ms. Loeffler.
“Senator Perdue will stay at residence till Senator Loeffler receives affirmation of her test outcomes,” wrote John Burke, a Perdue marketing campaign spokesman, in a textual content message Sunday.
The Loeffler marketing campaign didn’t present an replace on her standing Sunday morning. Mr. Perdue, 70, has encouraged individuals to put on masks to assist cease the unfold of the coronavirus. But he has additionally appeared at rallies the place individuals didn’t put on masks. A Friday tweet from Ms. Loeffler features a image that exhibits the 2 senators in an indoor setting with out masks.
A spokesman for Mr. Pence, Devin O’Malley, mentioned that “as he awaits a confirmatory test from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in common session with the White House Medical Unit and shall be following C.D.C. pointers as he has in different circumstances when he has been an in depth contact.”
The final time Mr. Pence was deemed an in depth contact was final month, when his chief of workers, Marc Short, examined positive.
Mr. Pence continued to marketing campaign then, with the White House saying that he was performing “important” duties that exempted him from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointers calling for individuals to quarantine for 14 days after publicity to the virus.
Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who is the Senate’s richest member, was briefly appointed to her Senate seat late final yr. She faces the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, in an election on Jan. 5, when Georgia voters may also resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.