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 “out of an abundance of warning,” a marketing campaign spokesman mentioned Sunday, after a sequence of coronavirus exams delivered blended messages about whether or not she had contracted the illness. The newest outcomes exhibiting that she had examined damaging.
In keeping with Stephen Lawson, a marketing campaign spokesman, a fast take a look at Ms. Loeffler took Friday morning got here again damaging, 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 optimistic 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 mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler, 49, obtained one other P.C.R. take a look at on Saturday morning. Nevertheless it was “inconclusive,” Mr. Lawson mentioned 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 had been retested in a single day and the outcomes fortunately got here again damaging.”
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 damaging take a look at outcomes. We’ll share these outcomes as they’re made accessible. She’s going to proceed to discuss with medical consultants and comply with C.D.C. tips.”
Ms. Loeffler has notified these with whom she had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional take a look at outcomes, he mentioned.
“She has no signs and she is going to proceed to comply with C.D.C. tips by quarantining till retesting is conclusive, and an replace will probably be supplied at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned.
Ms. Loeffler has held latest 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 would decide management of the Senate. Mr. Perdue is remaining at dwelling till extra particulars are identified in regards to 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, mentioned 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. tips 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 Brief, 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 tips 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 12 months. She faces the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, in an election on Jan. 5, when Georgia voters may even determine between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.