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 caution,” a marketing campaign spokesman stated Sunday, after a sequence of coronavirus assessments delivered combined messages about whether or not she had contracted the illness. The newest outcomes exhibiting that she had examined damaging.
According to Stephen Lawson, a marketing campaign spokesman, a speedy check Ms. Loeffler took Friday morning got here again damaging, however a second check she additionally took that morning — a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., check, which is taken into account extra correct — returned a optimistic outcome on Friday night.
In between her receipt of the 2 conflicting check 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, acquired one other P.C.R. check on Saturday morning. But 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 “previously inconclusive P.C.R. results were retested overnight and the results thankfully came back negative.”
He added: “Out of an abundance of caution, she will continue to self-isolate and be retested again to hopefully receive consecutive negative test results. We will share those results as they are made available. She will continue to confer with medical experts and follow C.D.C. guidelines.”
Ms. Loeffler has notified these with whom she had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional check outcomes, he stated.
“She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow C.D.C. guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive, and an update will be provided at that time,” Mr. Lawson 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. Mr. Perdue is remaining at dwelling till extra particulars are recognized concerning the well being standing of Ms. Loeffler.
“Senator Perdue will remain at home until Senator Loeffler receives confirmation of her test results,” John Burke, a Perdue marketing campaign spokesman, wrote in a textual content message Sunday.
Mr. Perdue, 70, has inspired individuals to put on masks to assist cease the unfold of the coronavirus. But 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 test from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in regular consultation with the White House Medical Unit and will be following C.D.C. guidelines as he has in other circumstances when he has been a close contact.”
The final time Mr. Pence was deemed a detailed contact was final month when his chief of workers, Marc Short, examined optimistic.
Mr. Pence continued to marketing campaign then, with the White House saying that he was performing “essential” duties that exempted him from Centers for Disease Control 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 can even resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.