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Kelly Loeffler campaign says Georgia senator's Covid re-test was negative but she will undergo further testing

CNN logo CNN 6 days ago By Caroline Kenny, CNN
a person talking on a cell phone: Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican from Georgia, speaks during a campaign stop with Senator David Perdue and Vice President Mike Pence at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, Georgia, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. GOP incumbent Senators Loeffler and Perdue are in January runoff elections that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images © Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg/Getty Images Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican from Georgia, speaks during a campaign stop with Senator David Perdue and Vice President Mike Pence at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, Georgia, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. GOP incumbent Senators Loeffler and Perdue are in January runoff elections that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Kelly Loeffler's campaign says the Georgia Republican's previously inconclusive Covid-19 test has come back negative, but that she will continue to undergo testing for the virus.

"Senator Loeffler's previously inconclusive PCR results were retested overnight and the results thankfully came back negative," campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement Sunday.

Lawson added that, "out of an abundance of caution, (Loeffler) will continue to self-isolate and be retested again to hopefully receive consecutive negative test results. We will share those results as they are made available. She will continue to confer with medical experts and follow CDC guidelines."

As CNN reported Saturday, Loeffler's campaign confirmed that she had tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday but a subsequent test came back as inconclusive on Saturday evening.

"Senator Loeffler took two COVID tests on Friday morning. Her rapid test results were negative and she was cleared to attend Friday's events. She was informed later in the evening after public events on Friday that her PCR test came back positive, but she was retested Saturday morning after conferring with medical officials and those results came back inconclusive on Saturday evening," Lawson had said.

Loeffler had notified those with whom she had direct contact with she awaited further tests, her campaign said.


Video: Loeffler tests negative for Covid-19 after positive test (CNN)

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Loeffler was maskless with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. David Perdue during campaign events most of the day Friday. The trio rode on a bus from the airport to two campaign events for Georgia Senate seat runoff elections in January.

Perdue campaign spokeswoman Casey Black told CNN that Perdue will remain at home until Loeffler receives confirmation of her test results.

Pence is also waiting for a "confirmatory test" on Loeffler's positive Covid-19 result, according to the vice president's spokesperson.

"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," Devin O'Malley told CNN in a statement.

Pence is tested every day for coronavirus. Following a coronavirus outbreak among his staff ahead of the election, the vice president continued to travel and campaign, citing US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for "essential workers," which his staff said he was.

Rev. Raphael Warnock, Loeffler's Democratic opponent in the upcoming runoff, said she is in his thoughts.

"I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign trail soon. Blessings," Warnock added.

UPDATE: This story and headline have been updated to reflect Loeffler's previously inconclusive Covid-19 test came back negative, according to her campaign.

Mike Pence holding a sign: Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler wave to the crowd during a Defend the Majority Rally, in Canton, Georgia, on November 20, 2020. © Ben Gray/AP Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler wave to the crowd during a Defend the Majority Rally, in Canton, Georgia, on November 20, 2020.
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