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 receiving each a destructive and optimistic check for the coronavirus on Friday after which 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 exams, in accordance with her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.
A type of was a speedy check, which got here again destructive, 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 consequence after her occasions on Friday night, he mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, was examined as soon as once more on Saturday morning and acquired an “inconclusive” consequence 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 current occasions with outstanding Republicans, together with Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr. Perdue, who can 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. pointers by quarantining till retesting is conclusive and an replace will likely be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned in a press release.
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 employees, Marc Quick, 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 yr. She faces the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, in an election on Jan. 5, when Georgia voters may even resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.