Kelly Loeffler Joins Growing List of GOP Senators in Quarantine After COVID Tests

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is quarantining after receiving mixed results from COVID-19 tests, joining a growing number of Republican senators having to isolate amid the pandemic.

A statement from Loeffler's campaign said she had received varying results and would be quarantining for now, awaiting results of retesting. It added that she was not experiencing symptoms.

"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," a statement from her campaign said.

"Senator Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results.

"She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time."

Stephen Lawson, her campaign communications manager, shared the statement in a tweet and added: "She has no symptoms and is in good spirits, and appreciates everyone's well wishes and support."

Loeffler joins Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rick Scott (R-FL) in quarantining. The pair are both in such isolation having received positive COVID-19 tests.

Grassley announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Scott announced his positive test result Friday, stating he was "feeling good" but experiencing some "very mild symptoms."

According to a list compiled by NPR, 21 Republican Senators have had to quarantine at some point amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsweek has contacted Loeffler's campaign for further comment and asked for an update on the situation.

Loeffler's quarantine comes with the U.S. having seen more than 12 million confirmed cases throughout the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

Two of Loeffler's staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in October.

Loeffler is currently amid a fight to hold on to her Senate seat, facing a challenge from Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock for her spot in Congress in a runoff contest.

In a statement on Twitter after it emerged Loeffler was in quarantine, Warnock said: "Senator Loeffler is in my thoughts. I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign trail soon. Blessings."

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) shakes hands with a supporter during a "Defend the Majority" rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agriculture Center on November 19, in Perry, Georgia. She has quarantined after mixed COVID-19 test results. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images