Sep. 15, 2021 -- A pregnant woman and her husband tested positive for COVID-19 in August, as did their four children.
The children quickly recovered but the parents, Daniel and Davy Macias, got worse and were hospitalized a couple of rooms apart, said Terri Serey, Davy Macias' sister-in-law.
On Aug. 26, a week after giving birth to a baby girl, Davy Macias died of COVID. Less than two weeks later, so did her husband. They leave behind five children, aged 7, 5, 3, 2, and 3 weeks.
“They were the kindest, most amazing people,” Serey said in an interview with NBC News. “They were the ones who got everyone together — for every birthday, every holiday.”
Serey said the couple made the children the center of their lives.
The Macias family lived in Yucaipa, CA., near San Bernardino. Davy Macias worked as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and Daniel Macias worked as a teacher at Jehue Middle School in Colton.
The family all tested positive for COVID-19 last month after traveling, Serey said. The parents’ conditions quickly worsened.
Davy Macias, 37, was intubated after entering the hospital and gave birth by Cesarean section on Aug. 18, Serey said. She died before getting to meet her daughter. Davy Macias was not vaccinated because of her pregnancy, Serey said.
Daniel Macias, 39, met his new daughter briefly one time and was intubated three days after her birth. It’s not known whether he was vaccinated.
The couple planned to name their new baby after they recovered and left the hospital, NBC News said. The infant is unnamed and, like the other children, is being cared for by grandparents.
Health experts in the United States have recommended pregnant people get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In August, the CDC recommended pregnant people get a COVID-19 vaccine after new research showed that the inoculation doesn’t pose additional risks for mothers or babies.
New research published last week in JAMA said that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine early in pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion.