A married couple in their 70s, drivers for a Nissan store in Colorado, died in recent weeks in a COVID-19 outbreak linked to the dealership as the resurgent coronavirus cascades across the U.S.
The outbreak at Nissan of Durango, to which a public health agency last week attributed three deaths, is among a number of infections spreading at dealerships and in the wider public as the more contagious delta variant of the virus fuels the pandemic to caseloads not seen since the winter.
The surging virus has more dealers reviving mask requirements and implementing or considering vaccine incentives — even mandates — for their employees. Many are wrestling with how to balance some staffers' resistance to public health guidelines with others' concerns for their own safety. In a tight labor market, the stakes are high.