Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An unidentified dead woman’s partially dismembered body was found in a parking lot in downtown Bay Shore on Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.Two people who were walking to the Fire Island ferry terminal on Maple Avenue called 911 after making the discovery at a municipal parking lot on Gibson Street shortly before 7 a.m., police said.The remains will be taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the woman’s identity and cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Topics : According to her, the Central Java Ombudsman found that some hospitals in the region were charging up to Rp 500,000 for one rapid test kit and service. “If the rapid test can further contain the spread of the virus, mass rapid tests should have been done wherever a mass crowd is found. But the service has shifted substantially as it is now a mere commercial commodity,” Farida said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.Farida went on to say that there were only several independent rapid tests in the capital city of Central Java province, Semarang, and it was performed without any clear standard. She stated her concern as crowded places such as bus stops, ports, terminals and train stations in the region were rarely targeted for mass rapid tests.Even though some COVID-19 rapid test centers have adhered to the ministry’s price ceiling, the Central Java Ombudsman on Thursday reported that several hospitals were still charging prices ranging from Rp 250,000 to Rp 500,000 for a rapid test service. The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged the government to review the regulation on COVID-19 rapid tests as there might be price discrepancies between test providers, resulting in people being charged “unfair” prices for the test.Following the circular letter issued by the Health Ministry on Monday, which set a price ceiling of Rp 150,000 (US$10.49) for the COVID-19 rapid test, the ombudsman presumed that some stakeholders might be using the test and the pandemic situation to make a profit.Central Java Ombudsman member Siti Farida said “the state should have made rapid tests free of charge or at least subsidized the test,” as it was hoped to curb the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, the deputy chairman of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) Slamet Budiarto deemed the government “too reckless” for issuing such a regulation. He argued that the price ceiling of Rp 150,000 would not be enough to cover all the expenses needed for one rapid test.“The basic price for a rapid test [kit] is between Rp 150,000 and Rp 200,000,” he said as quoted by tempo.co. Meanwhile, there are still many other components, which require financial expenses namely the disposable medical kits, personal protective equipment and the medical services.In other words, hospitals still need to cover the expenses of other components if they choose to adhere to the ministry’s price ceiling.“The ministry should have standardized the highest retail price for a rapid test [kit], not for the [entire] service price,” he said, indicating that the government should not have burdened the hospitals with the remaining costs.Prior to the Health Ministry’s circular letter, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he had asked the Finance Ministry to subsidize rapid tests for public transportation users as they are required to submit negative COVID-19 tests before taking long-distance journeys.The request was made following numerous complaints over the high prices of rapid tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. As of Wednesday, nearly 970,000 samples had been tested nationwide. The official data show that 68,079 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Indonesia, with 3,359 deaths. Not only is the test currently unaffordable for many people, but stigma also deters Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19. (trn)
Switzerland County, Ind. — Law enforcement agencies in the tri-state are searching a suspect in a Carroll County, Kentucky gas station robbery.Police say, Billy Sangster, 47, Warsaw, Kentucky, robbed the business in Ghent then fled into Indiana. Police pursued Sangster into Switzerland County by vehicle and on foot. No injuries were reported, but he did flee with an undisclosed amount of cash.Authorities say Sangster is a white male, 5-feet 10-inches tall, bald with a goatee, blue eyes and approximately 165 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, blue shirt and a light camouflage hat. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.Tips can be left confidentially by calling 502-532-6363 or 800-222-5555.