Atascadero State Hospital

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The outlook for San Luis Obispo County in terms of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a turn for the worse. SLO County is currently in the red tier, but health officials warn the current case count indicates a purple tier is looming. 

A patient at Atascadero State Hospital (ASH) was being held Thursday night at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of murder following the death of a fellow patient Wednesday afternoon.

Yet another patient was being held in isolation at the hospital while an investigation continued into his role in the attack, if any.

California's Department of State Hospitals says the critically injured man was found after staff received a call for help. The victim was taken to the urgent care center at ASH where he was pronounced dead around 3:01 p.m., Wednesday.


An investigation is underway into a violent incident this week at Atascadero State Hospital involving four staff members and three patients.

The California Department of State Hospitals says the patients attacked the staff members Tuesday night causing a struggle during which police officers used pepper spray.