Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler to return to campaign trail following second negative COVID-19 test Poll: Majority say Trump should concede Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise MORE (R-Ga.) is self isolating after a possible COVID-19 infection, her campaign said Saturday night.

Stephen Lawson, a spokesperson for her campaign, said in a statement that 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 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.”

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 PerdueDavid PerdueDemocrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Lobbying world Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (R-Ga.), who is facing his own critical runoff against Jon Ossoff (D), and campaigned with Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Warnock hit by Republicans over 'cannot serve God and the military' comment MORE (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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (Iowa) both revealed this week that they tested positive for COVID-19. Others who have previously tested positive include Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Wis.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTeam Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.), Bill CassidyBill CassidyBottom line Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-La.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.).

Late last month, Loeffler tested negative for the virus after two of her staffers tested positive. 


A spokesperson for Pence told The Hill that the vice president "is in regular consultation with the White House Medical Unit and will be following [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines as he has in other circumstances when he has been a close contact.”

Pence continued to campaign ahead of the November election even though top aide Marc Short tested positive for COVID-19 since the vice president was deemed an “essential worker.”

--Morgan Chalfant contributed to this report, which was updated on Nov. 22 at 8:49 a.m.