Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican campaigning for a high-stakes runoff election that could take control of the Senate, is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday night and receiving an inconclusive result on Saturday, said a campaign spokesman.
Ms. Loeffler wore masks when dealing with people, but was inside and exposed among the exposed crowds at an event on Thursday. She wore a mask as she greeted the voters who lined up to meet her.
On Friday morning, she took two coronavirus tests, according to campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson.
One of them was a quick test that came back negative, and Ms. Loeffler was “cleared” to attend events, including on Friday a race with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue of Georgia, Mr. Lawson said. But the second test, a polymerase chain reaction or P.C.R. test, which is believed to be more accurate, came back with a positive result after their events on Friday night, he said.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, was retested Saturday morning and received an “inconclusive” result Saturday night, Lawson said.
The Senator succeeded C.D.C. Guidelines by notifying those she’s been in contact with while waiting for more test results, he said.
Ms. Loeffler recently held events with prominent Republicans including Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Mr. Perdue, who is also involved in runoff elections that could determine control of the Senate.
“She has no symptoms and continues to be C.D.C. Guidelines through quarantine until re-exam is final at which point an update is provided, “Lawson said in a statement.
Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who is the richest member of the Senate, was temporarily appointed to her Senate seat late last year. She meets the Democrat Rev. Dr. in an election on January 5th. Raphael G. Warnock, where Georgia voters will also choose between Mr Perdue and his opponent Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed to the coverage.