Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, is about to quarantine, 5 days earlier than a pivotal runoff election that may decide not simply whether or not he retains his seat but additionally whether or not Republicans preserve management of the Senate.
Mr. Perdue’s marketing campaign introduced on Thursday member of the senator’s marketing campaign workers had examined optimistic for the coronavirus and that the senator was going into quarantine. The incumbent, a Republican being challenged by Jon Ossoff in a carefully watched race, was notified of the optimistic check Thursday morning, in keeping with an announcement from his marketing campaign.
Mr. Perdue, 71, and his spouse each examined unfavorable for the virus on Thursday, however will quarantine all the identical, in keeping with Mr. Perdue’s marketing campaign.
Mr. Perdue attended a marketing campaign occasion on Wednesday in Hiawassee, Ga., the place he met with supporters. In images, he and others might be seen carrying masks and standing shut collectively.
Thursday’s information comes on the final day of early voting in Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, which can happen on Jan. 5. If the challengers win each races, management of the Senate will flip to the Democrats.
The state’s different senator, Kelly Loeffler, additionally a Republican, is defending her seat in opposition to the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. Ms. Loeffler obtained conflicting coronavirus check ends in November, first testing unfavorable, then optimistic, then unfavorable once more.
In Florida, Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar stated Thursday morning that she had been recognized with Covid-19, and could be unable to attend her swearing-in ceremony on Jan. three. Ms. Salazar, a Republican who unseated Donna E. Shalala in November, was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 23 with a coronary heart arrhythmia and later examined optimistic for the coronavirus, in keeping with an announcement she launched on Twitter.