Senator Kelly Loeffler campaign said on Saturday night that she is isolating herself after a possible coronavirus infection.
Stephen Lawson, a spokesperson for her campaign, said in a statement that Kelly Loeffler took two tests Friday morning, including a rapid test that was negative, and she was cleared to attend two campaign events with Vice President Pence.
After her events, she was told that a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) came back positive, the spokesman said. The senator was retested on Saturday and the results were “inconclusive,” Lawson said.
“Senator Kelly Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results,” Lawson said. “She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.”
Kelly Loeffler is facing reelection against Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock in a runoff on Jan. 5. The race is one of two that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
Recently, she’s held joint events with Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who is facing his own critical runoff against Jon Ossoff (D), and campaigned with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Her campaign events have drawn large crowds where not many people wear masks and socially distance, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Loeffler’s possible coronavirus infection comes after GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) both revealed this week that they tested positive for COVID-19. Others who have previously tested positive include Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
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