After receiving inconclusive COVID-19 test results, Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler is self-quarantining.
On Friday, Loeffler took two rapid tests, which came back negative. Soon after, she was told that her PCR test, which detects genetic material related to coronavirus, was positive. The Georgia politician then took another test the following morning, and her results were inconclusive.
After the uncertainty of her initial test, Loeffler was re-tested overnight, and those results came back negative, campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution,” she will continue to self-isolate and receive more testing, he added.
Loeffler is currently in a “competitive” runoff race that can very well determine which party will control the Senate in Congress. She and Vice President Mike Pence attended two campaign events on Friday, where they appeared to not be wearing masks.
In a statement, Pence’s Press Secretary Devin O’Malley said, “As he awaits a confirmatory test from Senator Loeffler, Vice President Pence is in regular consultation with the White House Medical Unit and will be following CDC guidelines as he has in other circumstances when he has been a close contact.”
Last month, two members of Loeffler’s team had tested positive for the coronavirus, but Loeffler, herself, did not appear to have contracted the virus, reports stated.
Her Democratic opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, has since tweeted hope for a speedy recovery for Loeffler.
“I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign trail soon,” he said.
Georgia voters are expected to determine the fate of Loeffler, Republican David Perdue, Warnock, and Jon Ossoff as they all vie for the last two remaining Senator seats on Jan.5.