MANASSAS, Va. – A 16-year-old student at Osbourn High School in Manassas has died from complications with the flu.

Schools spokeswoman Almeta Radford said school officials spoke with the family of Joshua Long who died last night. Those counselors are there to help Long’s friends in dealing with the grief of his loss.

Information about the student’s death will be sent home with students, said Radford.

Long’s sudden death comes as a surprise to many in the community. Insidenova.com reports the student fell ill on Friday night with flu symptoms. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in Washington where he later died, the website reports.

Many states across the U.S. are experiencing regional problems with flu outbreaks, but in Virginia the problem is widespread.

Since October 1, there have been more than 10,000 cases of flu hospitalizations in this country, and more than 80 people have died.

Long’s death comes during a difficult week for the Manassas community. Last week, a 17-year-old student from Osbourn Park High School was killed in an auto crash.