Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican campaigning in a high-stakes runoff that could determine Senate control, isolates himself after being tested negative and positive for coronavirus on Friday, then a result inconclusive on Saturday, a campaign spokesperson said.
Ms Loeffler wore masks while interacting with people, but was inside and unmasked among crowds unmasked at an event Thursday. She wore a mask while greeting voters who lined up to meet her.
On Friday morning, she underwent two coronavirus tests, according to her campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson.
One of those was a rapid test, which came back negative, and Ms Loeffler “was allowed to attend” events on Friday, including a rally with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue from Georgia, Lawson said. But the second test, a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test – which is considered more accurate – came back with a positive result after his events on Friday night, he said.
Ms Loeffler, 49, was tested again on Saturday morning and received an “inconclusive” result on Saturday night, Mr Lawson said.
The senator followed the CDC’s guidance in notifying those with whom she had had contact while awaiting the results of additional tests, he said.
Ms Loeffler has hosted recent events with prominent Republicans including Mr Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr Perdue, who is also in a run-off election that could determine control of the Senate.
“She is symptom-free and will continue to follow CDC guidelines in quarantining until the retest is conclusive and an update is provided at that time,” Lawson said. in a press release.
Ms Loeffler, a businesswoman who is the richest member of the Senate, was temporarily appointed to her Senate seat late last year. She will face Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, in an election on January 5, when Georgian voters also decide between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.
Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.