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Senator Kelly Loeffler is in isolation after both positive and inconclusive virus test results.

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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 after receiving each a unfavourable and constructive take a look at for the coronavirus on Friday after which receiving an inconclusive outcome on Saturday, a marketing campaign spokesman mentioned.

Ms. Loeffler has worn masks whereas interacting with individuals, however was indoors and unmasked amongst unmasked crowds at an occasion on Thursday. She wore a masks whereas greeting voters who lined as much as meet her.

On Friday morning, she took two coronavirus assessments, in keeping with her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.

A type of was a fast take a look at, which got here again unfavourable, and Ms. Loeffler “was cleared to attend” occasions on Friday, together with a rally with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue of Georgia, Mr. Lawson mentioned. However the second take a look at, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., take a look at — which is taken into account extra correct — got here again with a constructive outcome after her occasions on Friday night, he mentioned.

Ms. Loeffler, 49, obtained one other P.C.R. take a look at on Saturday morning. But it surely was “inconclusive,” Mr. Lawson mentioned of the outcomes, which got here in Saturday night.

The senator adopted C.D.C. tips by notifying these with whom she had 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 might be offered at the moment,” Mr. Lawson mentioned in a press release.

Ms. Loeffler has held current occasions with distinguished 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 residence till extra particulars are recognized concerning the well being standing of Ms. Loeffler.

“Senator Perdue will stay at residence till Senator Loeffler receives affirmation of her take a look at outcomes,” wrote John Burke, a Perdue marketing campaign spokesman, in a textual content message Sunday.

The Loeffler marketing campaign didn’t present an replace on her standing Sunday morning. 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 might 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 workers, Marc Brief, examined constructive.

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 can even resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.



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