HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock (above) has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the new coronavirus spreading to Montana.

The declaration allows the governor access to $16 million in state emergency funds and take other measures to respond to the pandemic.

There were no confirmed cases inside the state as of Thursday evening and 55 people have been tested.

The Montana University System is moving from in-class instruction to online instruction in every class where it's possible, due to coronavirus concerns.

The change takes effect March 23, as students return from spring break.

The campuses, including residence halls and computer labs, will remain open for students.

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