This story is a staff report from The Paper.

Every Monday, news outlets around the state receive a “just-the-facts” update of COVID-19 cases reported from the previous weekend. While the number of cases has been trending upwards for some time, yesterday’s report was, to say the least, alarming.

New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 3,370 additional COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend, including 19 new deaths over just 3 days.

To put that in perspective, just look at the trends tracked by the New York Times‘ COVID state-by-state dashboard:

A week ago, on November 1, state officials sounded the alarm when just 2,630 new cases were reported over a single weekend. As the New York Times data shows, that’s a 28-percent increase in just one week and a 48-percent jump over 14 days. New

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