No one really wants to have to get tested but it is increasingly becoming a necessity, as the cases are on the upswing. The worst part is having that swab shoved up your nose until it feels like it hits your brain.

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The good news is the saliva tests are simple and not nearly as intrusive. Spit in a tube and you're on your way. The Minnesota Dept of Health says the saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab. Test results are to you in 48 to 72 hours later.

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The first saliva testing sights were open recently in Duluth, Winona and Moorhead but those are a pretty good distance to drive for a test. The good news is there is now a saliva testing site in Brooklyn Park, which is a doable trip for a test. About 56 miles from St Cloud.

As these saliva testing sights continue to pop up around the state, chances are there will be at least a couple in the St Cloud/ Stearns County area.

If you can't wait for the testing sites to open nearby, you can find the Brooklyn Park saliva testing site in the former Office Max building in the Starlite Center strip mall. Hours are noon to 7 PM Monday thru Friday and Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.

The new saliva testing site is now open in Oakdale and is projected to double Minnesota's testing capacity.

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