Loeffler’s latest test is negative, but senator will continue to quarantine two days after testing positive for coronavirus


Senator Kelly Loeffler shakes hands with a supporter during a “Defend the Majority” rally on November 19 in Perry, GA Getty Images

ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler’s latest coronavirus test came back negative, but her campaign said on Sunday she would continue to be quarantined at least until she got another negative result.

The Georgia Republican faces a runoff Jan.5 in both U.S. Senate races.

Loeffler had a quick COVID-19 test Friday night that came back positive, a day after campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence and US Senator David Perdue, who also faces a runoff on January 5.

A test on Saturday came back inconclusive and Sunday’s test came back negative, the Loeffler campaign said.

“As a precaution, she will continue to self-isolate and will be tested again to hopefully receive consecutive negative test results. We will share these results as they become available. She will continue to speak with medical experts, ”Loeffler campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement.

Loeffler’s campaign said she had no symptoms of COVID-19 and was following CDC guidelines both to isolate and notify people with whom she had direct contact.

Perdue said ahead of Loeffler’s negative test news on Sunday that he would stay home pending Loeffler’s results. Pence staff did not say if he had been tested for COVID-19 since his campaign with Loeffler or if he planned to self-isolate.

Loeffler has held several rallies in recent weeks with crowded crowds and many members of the public not wearing masks.

Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff election on January 5 – one of two races that will determine which party controls the Senate. The other race will feature Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

If the Republican wins either race, the party will retain control of the US Senate.