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 stated Sunday, after a collection of coronavirus checks delivered combined messages about whether or not she had contracted the illness. The most recent outcomes displaying that she had examined unfavorable.
Based on Stephen Lawson, a marketing campaign spokesman, a speedy take a look at Ms. Loeffler took Friday morning got here again unfavorable, however a second take a look at she additionally took that morning — a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., take a look at, which is taken into account extra correct — returned a constructive consequence on Friday night.
In between her receipt of the 2 conflicting take a look at 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 stated.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, obtained one other P.C.R. take a look at on Saturday morning. Nevertheless it was “inconclusive,” Mr. Lawson stated 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 have been retested in a single day and the outcomes fortunately got here again unfavorable.”
He added: “Out of an abundance of warning, she is going to proceed to self-isolate and be retested once more to hopefully obtain consecutive unfavorable take a look at outcomes. We’ll share these outcomes as they’re made accessible. She’s going to proceed to discuss with medical specialists and comply with C.D.C. pointers.”
Ms. Loeffler has notified these with whom she had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional take a look at outcomes, he stated.
“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 probably be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson stated.
Ms. Loeffler has held latest 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. Mr. Perdue is remaining at dwelling till extra particulars are identified concerning the well being standing of Ms. Loeffler.
“Senator Perdue will stay at dwelling till Senator Loeffler receives affirmation of her take a look at 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, stated that “as he awaits a confirmatory take a look at from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in common session with the White Home Medical Unit and will probably be following C.D.C. pointers as he has in different circumstances when he has been an in depth contact.”
The final time Mr. Pence was deemed an in depth contact was final month when his chief of workers, Marc Quick, examined constructive.
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 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 will even determine between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.