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Senator Kelly Loeffler is in isolation after conflicting virus take a look at outcomes.


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 mentioned Sunday, after a collection of coronavirus exams delivered combined messages about whether or not she had contracted the illness. The most recent outcomes exhibiting that she had examined damaging.

In accordance 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 outcome 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, acquired 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 have been retested in a single day and the outcomes fortunately got here again damaging.”

He added: “Out of an abundance of warning, she’s going to proceed to self-isolate and be retested once more to hopefully obtain consecutive damaging take a look at outcomes. We are going to share these outcomes as they’re made accessible. She is going to proceed to consult 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’s going to proceed to comply with C.D.C. tips by quarantining till retesting is conclusive, and an replace shall be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned.

Ms. Loeffler has held current 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 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 reveals 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 shall be following C.D.C. tips 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 employees, Marc Quick, 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 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 will even resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.


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