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Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

Nov 25, 8:41 pm

Senior Trump administration official tests positive

John Barsa, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday.

"The Acting Deputy Administrator has been isolating since he began exhibiting symptoms late Monday, Nov. 23, and will continue to until a retest is conclusive," spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said in a statement.

Barsa is acting deputy administrator and served as acting administrator for a term under the Vacancies Act, before President Donald Trump fired the deputy administrator to keep Barsa as the highest ranking official at the top U.S. aid agency.

ABC News' Connor Finnegan contributed to this report

Nov 25, 8:11 pm

Nearly 90,000 hospitalized across country

The U.S. reached a new record high for hospitalizations for the 16th consecutive day, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

There are 89,954 Americans currently in the hospital with symptoms of the virus, according to the project.

The country recorded 182,537 new cases and 2,284 new deaths Wednesday, according to the data.

The death daily total is the highest since May 7, and the seventh-highest daily death total to date, The COVID Tracking Project tweeted.

Nov 25, 7:48 pm

US deaths up by 35% from last week: HHS

The country saw a large jump in coronavirus-related fatalities over the last week, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.

The 11,171 deaths recorded between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24 marked a 35.5% increase compared to the previous week, according to the memo.

PHOTO: State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs implores Mississippi residents to wear face masks, social distance themselves, avoid crowds and resist holiday travel at a Tuesday news briefing, Nov. 24, 2020, in Jackson, Miss.

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Rogelio V. Solis/AP

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Several states saw sharp jumps in their death tolls during the seven-day period, according to HHS. Alabama's seven-day death total increased by 27% going from 166 to 211, while Mississippi saw a 32% increase in deaths for the week ending Nov 22.

During that same seven-day period, the U.S. saw 1,198,099 new cases, which was a 9.4% jump from the previous week, the memo said.

Wyoming governor tests positive

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday, a representative for his office told ABC News.

"He only has minor symptoms at this time and plans to continue working on behalf of Wyoming remotely," the representative said in a statement.

Jacob Byk/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, FILE

Jacob Byk/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, FILE

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon speaks during a press conference in Cheyenne, Wyo., March 21, 2019.

The news was first reported by the Casper Star Tribune earlier in the evening.

Gordon is at least the fifth governor to contract the coronavirus since the pandemic began. His diagnosis comes as Wyoming has seen a rise in cases over the last month.

The seven-day average of new cases has risen from around 284 at the beginning of November to 687 this week, according to the state's health department


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