Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who’s campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that would decide management of the Senate, is isolating after testing optimistic for the coronavirus on Friday night after which receiving an inconclusive outcome on Saturday, a marketing campaign spokesman mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has worn masks whereas interacting with folks, 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, in accordance with her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.
A type of was a speedy check, which got here again adverse, 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. However the second check, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., check — which is taken into account extra correct — got here again with a optimistic outcome 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” outcome on Saturday night, Mr. Lawson mentioned.
The senator adopted C.D.C. pointers by notifying these with whom she had had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional check outcomes, he mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has held latest occasions with distinguished Republicans, together with Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr. Perdue, who can be engaged in a runoff election that would decide management of the Senate.
“She has no signs and she is going to proceed to comply with C.D.C. pointers by quarantining till retesting is conclusive and an replace will likely be supplied at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned 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 can even determine between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.