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 after testing constructive for the coronavirus on Friday night after which receiving an inconclusive outcome on Saturday, a marketing campaign spokesman stated.
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 line with her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.
A type of was a speedy 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 stated. However the second take a look at, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., take a look at — which is taken into account extra correct — got here again with a constructive outcome after her occasions on Friday night, he stated.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, was examined as soon as once more on Saturday morning and acquired an “inconclusive” outcome on Saturday night, Mr. Lawson stated.
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 stated.
Ms. Loeffler has held current occasions with outstanding 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.
“She has no signs and she’s 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 stated in a press release.
Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who’s 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 even determine between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.