Hey Angelenos, hope you didn’t wash your car this week because rain is on the way. Also this morning: How to get vaccinated in L.A. without a car, a troubling study on mask-use behavior, and Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19. It’s Friday. This is your news brief. Take it!
Morning News Rundown
Some perpetually “much-needed” rain is forecasted for Los Angeles this weekend, with the first of several cold-weather systems expected to hit the greater SoCal area later today. Expect cooler temps and sporadic showers for at least the next week. [KTLA]
We know that with supply running low, vaccination appointments in Los Angeles are scarce. But for some populations, there’s the added challenge of finding a vaccination hub that doesn’t require you to show up on four wheels. So, where can Angelenos who don’t rely on cars go if they’re eligible to receive a vaccine? Turns out it’s harder than it should be. [We Like L.A.]
While the Biden administration is doubling down on mask-use to protect against COVID-19, there is still a large behavioral gap for the population at-large. A study by the USC Dornsife Center found that only about half of Americans mostly or always wear a mask when they’re in close contact with people outside their households. [CBS Los Angeles]
If Los Angeles kept its current pace of vaccinations—roughly 160,000 per week—it would take around 18 months to vaccinate the county. That said, Mayor Eric Garcetti believes we’ll be able to ramp up vaccination rates over the coming months as newly approved vaccines become available and already approved ones are supplied in greater quantities. [ABC 7]
Dave Chappelle tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled a slate of comedy shows set for this week at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, TX. According to a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian is asymptomatic but in quarantine. Photos posted earlier this week to Instagram showed a maskless Chapelle hanging out at Stubbs and in close contact with other celebrities including Joe Rogan, Grimes, and Elon Musk. [The Hollywood Reporter]