Loeffler performed two coronavirus tests on Friday morning, according to Lawson. The rapid test results came back negative and she was allowed to join Vice President Pence at events that day, he said.
The Senator was on a bus with Pence most of the day on Friday and stood near Perdue and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at certain events. She wore a mask part of the day, but it was not known if she wore one on the bus.
After these events, Lawson said, the senator learned that her other test was positive. An additional test carried out on Saturday morning “came back with no result” on Saturday night, he said, and Loeffler “followed suit. [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines by informing those with whom she has had direct contact while awaiting further test results. “
She faced on January 5 Reverend Raphael Warnock (D), pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Warnock led the outgoing senator with nearly 350,000 votes in the November 3 special election, which followed Loeffler’s appointment to replace former Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, who resigned from his seat on health grounds.
Loeffler’s appearance on Friday with Pence drew outdoor crowds as Republicans and Democrats developed very different approaches to campaigning in the mid-pandemic, with Tories continuing to hold large rallies. Loeffler typically wears a face mask, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, unlike many who flock to his events.
Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.