Resident at Round Rock nursing home dies from COVID-19 complications, family says

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Sue DeLeon

A photo of the 2018 wedding photo of Mike DeLeon (second from the right) with his mother Sue DeLeon (far right). Photo provided by DeLeon family.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The family of Sulema “Sue” DeLeon, 69, a resident at Round Rock’s Trinity Care Center skilled nursing home, said she passed away early Tuesday morning due to complications related to COVID-19.

Her son, Mike DeLeon of Austin, told KXAN she was at Dell Seton Medical Center where she had been hospitalized since early Sunday morning. He explained that family members were allowed to take turns going in to say goodbye to her.

“The hard part was no one could come over to do last rites,” DeLeon said.

DeLeon’s family said she is part of the nursing home cluster of COVID-19 cases at Trinity Care Center that was announced by Williamson County officials over the weekend. They say they were informed she tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday afternoon.

Williamson County told KXAN Tuesday it had a seventh COVID-19 death, of a woman in her 60s. It was working with the health district to confirm if the woman had been in the nursing home.

As of Tuesday, Williamson County reported that all staff and residents at Trinity Care Center had been tested for COVID-19 and that all of those test results had been returned. Tuesday, the County confirmed there were 50 total coronavirus cases among residents and staff at that facility.

Trinity provides short-term rehabilitation services and long-term care. It is located at 1000 East Main Street in Round Rock. Trinity is the 11th Austin-area nursing and assisted living facility to confirm at least one case of COVID-19 to KXAN among its residents or staff.

In an email to KXAN Tuesday afternoon, Caraday Healthcare, who runs Trinity Care Center, directed KXAN to the latest update posted to the company’s COVID-19 page. The update was very similar to previous updates the company had posted, but the document posted on April 28 confirmed that a resident at Trinity Care Center had died at the hospital.

The new portion of the Caraday Healthcare statement read:

“In a previous Trinity Care Center update, we indicated that several residents’ and team members’ COVID-19 test results came back positive. We are saddened by the news that one of our residents has died at the hospital. We extend our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy to our resident’s family and loved ones. As our nation, and the world, is challenged by COVID19, the personal grief that we share cannot be fully expressed.”

The Caraday Healthcare spokesperson also explained to KXAN that a total of 32 residents and 18 staff members at Trinity Care Center tested positive for COVID-19 in this cluster. The spokesperson added that another Trinity Care resident has been transferred to the hospital, but not because of a COVID-19 test (this resident tested negative).

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