A pair of unvaccinated high school sweethearts left four children orphaned after they both died of COVID on the same day because the father was skeptical of the vaccines. 

Unvaccinated couple Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez of Loma Linda in California died on December 19 days after testing positive for COVID-19.   

Alvaro, 44, and Sylvia, 42, were married for 25 years after meeting in high school and had four children together, including 17-year-old fraternal twins.

Unvaccinated couple Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez (pictured together) of Loma Linda in California died on December 19 days after testing positive for COVID-19

Unvaccinated couple Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez (pictured together) of Loma Linda in California died on December 19 days after testing positive for COVID-19

Unvaccinated couple Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez (pictured together) of Loma Linda in California died on December 19 days after testing positive for COVID-19

The pair was married for 25 years after meeting in high school and had four children together

The pair was married for 25 years after meeting in high school and had four children together

The pair was married for 25 years after meeting in high school and had four children together

AIvaro, 44, refused to get the shot despite the fact that he suffered from diabetes and had other underlying conditions that made him vulnerable to COVID-19 because he was skeptical of news reports. 

‘He wanted to wait and do more research,’ his sister Alma Hernandez told NBC Los Angeles. ‘He Googled information. He didn’t want to believe everything that was on the news.’

‘This is kind of an eye opener for everybody in my family that whoever is not vaccinated definitely should have their vaccinations,’ she added. 

According to family members, Sylvia, 42, was more open to the idea of getting the vaccine and was ready to schedule her first dose, but was not able to get it in time. 

Family said the pair were most likely infected by their 17-year-old twins.   

AIvaro, 44, refused to get the shot because he was skeptical of news reports while , Sylvia, 42, was ready to schedule her first dose, but was not able to get it in time

AIvaro, 44, refused to get the shot because he was skeptical of news reports while , Sylvia, 42, was ready to schedule her first dose, but was not able to get it in time

AIvaro, 44, refused to get the shot because he was skeptical of news reports while , Sylvia, 42, was ready to schedule her first dose, but was not able to get it in time

'My brother and my sister-in-law, they were very close,' Alvaro's brother said of the couple.  'One couldn't live without the other, you know? The same day my brother died, she died'

'My brother and my sister-in-law, they were very close,' Alvaro's brother said of the couple.  'One couldn't live without the other, you know? The same day my brother died, she died'

‘My brother and my sister-in-law, they were very close,’ Alvaro’s brother said of the couple.  ‘One couldn’t live without the other, you know? The same day my brother died, she died’

Alvaro’s brother Salvador Fernandez remembered his brother as a ‘funny guy’ that kept everyone laughing but who was also acted as a ‘protector’ to his family. 

‘My brother and my sister-in-law, they were very close,’ he told NBC Los Angeles of the pair who were together since they were teens. ‘One couldn’t live without the other, you know? The same day my brother died, she died.’ 

The family has started a GoFundMe to help their children, including their underage twins, which has already garnered over $13,000, and have urged others to learn from their tragedy and get vaccinated against COVID if they haven’t already done so. 

‘Destinee and Nicholas are only 17 years old,’ the fundraiser said. ‘This will be a loss felt for a very long time. To be left without their parents, and to have to carry the weight of being pushed into adulthood while their still children themselves. Thank you so much for any help that you can provided during this tough time.’

The U.S. hit a new high for new daily COVID cases with 647,067 average daily cases reported on Thursday, breaking its previous record of 489,267 reported on Wednesday, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of John Hopkins data. 

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of new cases in America are of the Omicron variant, which was first discovered last month by South African health officials.

The U.S. is now averaging 300,387 new Covid cases per day, a pandemic record and the first time the 300,000 mark has been reached in America.

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