Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who is campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that might decide management of the Senate, is isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus on Friday night after which receiving an inconclusive end result 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 exams, in response to her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.
One of these was a fast take a look at, which got here again unfavorable, 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 take a look at, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., take a look at — which is thought-about extra correct — got here again with a positive end result after her occasions on Friday night, he mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, was examined as soon as once more on Saturday morning and obtained an “inconclusive” end result on Saturday night, Mr. Lawson mentioned.
The senator adopted C.D.C. tips by notifying these with whom she had had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional take a look at outcomes, he mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has held current 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 might decide management of the Senate.
“She has no signs and she is going to proceed to observe C.D.C. tips by quarantining till retesting is conclusive and an replace will probably be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned in an announcement.
Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who is the Senate’s richest member, was quickly 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 will even determine between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.