US Senator Kelly Loeffler will be quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Georgia Republican campaign announced on Saturday.
Loeffler, who – along with Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue, also from Georgia – faces a runoff on Jan.5 that will decide which party controls the Senate, first tested negative on Friday morning with a quick results test before two campaign events. held with Vice President Mike Pence.
She also had a PCR test on Friday, which came back positive later that day, campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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The senator received inconclusive results after taking an additional test on Saturday.
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While no coronavirus test is completely accurate at all times, rapid-result tests tend to be less accurate than PCR tests, which take longer to get results, according to some experts.
“Senator Loeffler followed the CDC’s direction in notifying those with whom she had direct contact while awaiting the results of further testing,” Lawson said. “She is symptom-free and will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining herself until the retest is successful and an update is provided at that time. ”
Along with Pence, Loeffler also had recent contact with Perdue as well as with US Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., According to the Journal-Constitution.
Both races in Georgia went to the second round after no candidate received the required 50% of the vote in the November 3 election.
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Loeffler’s Democratic opponent is Reverend Raphael Warnock, while Perdue will face Democrat Jon Ossoff.