Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who’s campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that might decide management of the Senate, is isolating “out of an abundance of warning,” a marketing campaign spokesman mentioned Sunday, after a sequence of coronavirus exams delivered blended messages about whether or not she had contracted the illness. The most recent outcomes exhibiting that she had examined unfavorable.
In response to Stephen Lawson, a marketing campaign spokesman, a fast check Ms. Loeffler took Friday morning got here again unfavorable, however a second check she additionally took that morning — a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., check, which is taken into account extra correct — returned a optimistic consequence on Friday night.
In between her receipt of the 2 conflicting check outcomes, Ms. Loeffler attended campaign-related occasions on Friday, together with a rally with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue of Georgia, Mr. Lawson mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, obtained one other P.C.R. check on Saturday morning. Nevertheless it was “inconclusive,” Mr. Lawson mentioned of the outcomes, which got here in Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Lawson issued one other assertion saying that the senator’s “beforehand inconclusive P.C.R. outcomes had been retested in a single day and the outcomes fortunately got here again unfavorable.”
He added: “Out of an abundance of warning, she’s going to proceed to self-isolate and be retested once more to hopefully obtain consecutive unfavorable check outcomes. We are going to share these outcomes as they’re made accessible. She is going to proceed to check with medical consultants and comply with C.D.C. pointers.”
Ms. Loeffler has notified these with whom she had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional check 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 will likely be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has held current occasions with distinguished Republicans, together with Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr. Perdue, who can also be engaged in a runoff election that might decide management of the Senate. Mr. Perdue is remaining at residence till extra particulars are recognized in regards to the well being standing of Ms. Loeffler.
“Senator Perdue will stay at residence till Senator Loeffler receives affirmation of her check outcomes,” John Burke, a Perdue marketing campaign spokesman, wrote in a textual content message Sunday.
Mr. Perdue, 70, has encouraged individuals to put on masks to assist cease the unfold of the coronavirus. However 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 check from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in common session with the White Home Medical Unit and will likely be following C.D.C. pointers as he has in different circumstances when he has been a detailed contact.”
The final time Mr. Pence was deemed a detailed contact was final month when his chief of workers, Marc Brief, examined optimistic.
Mr. Pence continued to marketing campaign then, with the White Home saying that he was performing “important” duties that exempted him from Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention pointers calling for individuals to quarantine for 14 days after publicity to the virus.
Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who’s the Senate’s richest member, was quickly appointed to her Senate seat late final 12 months. 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.