Saints' Austin Carr's wife tested positive for COVID-19 right before giving birth

Carr grateful for healthcare workers, chance to be back with New Orleans

Amos Morale III
May 08, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Saints receiver Austin Carr resigned with New Orleans this week after and eventful offseason, which saw the birth of he and his wife's first child. 

While his wife and son are now at home and healthy, Carr admitted that process of having his first child didn't go "as expected."

"Obviously, with the pandemic and the quarantine and everything that's going on, you know, just hospital protocols are a little bit different," he said. "And so when checking in, she had to go ahead of me and get a COVID-19 test." 

Carr said that after about an hour her test came back positive and launched the hospital staff in to their patient protocol. 

"They were amazing," Carr said. "They were doing everything they could to make sure we were taken care of, while also taking care of themselves."

Carr said that his wife's symptoms luckily weren't that bad and that his son tested negative for the coronavirus.

He, however, had an antibody test which came back positive. Carr said he'd suspected he'd had the virus as he'd had minor symptoms a few weeks before.

"All in all, I mean we feel blessed and thankful for the health care and for the workers that were looking out for us," he said. "We're grateful for healthy mom, healthy baby and ultimately, you know, just continuing on in life."

Carr will also continue his career in New Orleans. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver, has played in 21 games for the Saints since joining the team following the 2017 preseason. Carr has caught 10 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in his time with the Saints.

He said he's looking forward to returning to a situation where he feels he'll make an impact.

"I wouldn't sign with the Saints if I didn't think they had an effective impactful role for me," he said.

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