U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler will quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus, Georgia’s Republican campaign said Saturday.
Loeffler, who – along with Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue, also from Georgia – faces a runoff on Jan. 5 that will determine which party controls the Senate, initially tested negative Friday morning with a quick test before two campaign events she held with Vice President Mike Pence.
She also took a PCR test Friday, which came back positive later in the day, campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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The senator received unimaginable results after taking a further test on Saturday.
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Although no coronavirus tests are completely accurate all the time, fast-performing tests tend to be less accurate than PCR tests, which take longer for results, some experts say.
“Senator Loeffler followed the CDC guidelines by informing those she had direct contact with while awaiting further test results,” Lawson said. “She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow the CDC guidelines at quarantine until retesting is crucial and an update will be provided at that time.”
Along with Pence, Loeffler has also had recent contact with Perdue as well as U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., According to the Journal-Constitution.
Both Georgia races went to the run-off after no candidates received the required 50% of the vote in the Nov. 3 election.
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Loeffler’s Democratic opponent is pastor Raphael Warnock, while Perdue meets Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Warnock sent good thoughts to her Saturday night.
“Senator Loeffler is in my thoughts,” he tweeted. “I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign track soon. Blessings.”