WARRENTON, Ore. — A high school freshman died of flu-related illness over the weekend, the Warrenton School District said on Monday.
The student, identified as Tim Pior, died on Sunday (March 10) of complications from influenza and pneumonia, Warrenton High School Principal Rod Heyen said.
“They are doing as best as can be expected,” said Matthew Kelly, a friend of the Pior family. “They’re obviously broken and hurting, but they have an incredible support system that has just flocked around them.”
Kelly says no one in the family thought the illness would turn deadly.
“We’d been talking the night before about making plans to go to the movies the next day or two when he was feeling better,” said Kelly.
Kelly describes Pior as the person always trying to keep the mood light.
“Tim was the classic class clown,” he said. “He would make people laugh anywhere he went.”
The Oregon Health Authority’s flu report from last Saturday said there were no reported pediatric deaths from the flu; however, 138 people had been hospitalized.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon is one of several states experiencing the highest level of flu activity.
CDC officials received reports of 64 pediatric flu deaths across the nation so far in the 2018-19 flu season.
Warrenton schools will have counselors and a room set up for students who are impacted by Pior’s death.