Daniel Macias wanted to wait until he and his wife, Davy Macias, recovered from the coronavirus before naming their newborn daughter. But about a week after giving birth, the mother died from complications of Covid-19. And nearly two weeks after her death, so did her husband.
California couple died of Covid, leaves 5 children, including their newborn daughter
Davy Macias was 37 and Daniel Macias was 39, Terri Serey, Davy Macias’ sister-in-law, told NBC News on Monday. The couple, both from Yucaipa, California, left behind five children, ages 7, 5, 3, 3, 2 and 3 weeks.
“They were the kindest, most incredible people,” Serey said. “They were the ones who brought everyone together – for every birthday, every holiday.”
The two are among the more than 660,000 people who have died in the United States from the coronavirus. Davy Macias was not vaccinated because she was pregnant, Serey said, but it was unclear whether Daniel was vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women to be vaccinated against Covid in early August – about two weeks before Davy Macias’ death on Aug. 26 – as hospitals in U.S. hot spots recorded a troubling number of unvaccinated expectant mothers seriously ill from the virus.
According to Serey, all family members tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling in early August. But while their children recovered quickly, the parents’ symptoms worsened,” Serey said.
Davy Macias was 32 weeks pregnant and was “optimistic” about her recovery when she was hospitalized the first weekend in August, Serey said. Daniel Macias only met his fifth daughter briefly before being intubated about three days after her birth.
His daughter, now three weeks old, remains unnamed.
According to Serey, Davy Macias was a nurse at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and Daniel Macias was a teacher at Jehue High School in Colton, Calif.