President Trump and coronavirus task force provide update, Wednesday, April 15 | USA TODAY


The U.S. death toll spiked sharply, and sick workers were putting a strain on the nation’s meat supply, but the national payday prompted by the coronavirus pandemic arrived Wednesday for more than 80 million Americans.

We’re on-screen live tweeting during the coronavirus task force briefing to give you more context from USA TODAY’s reporting. Follow along: 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE GUIDE: Check out our new Coronavirus Resource Guide for information on what COVID-19 does to our bodies, how long it lives on certain surfaces, tips for staying healthy, and more.

Payments of up to $1,200 per person were being transferred into bank accounts as the federal government injects vast sums of money into the economy left battered by stay-at-home orders.

» Subscribe to USA TODAY:
» Watch more on this and other topics from USA TODAY:
» USA TODAY delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, technology, and more through award-winning journalism, photos, videos and VR.