BEMIDJI -- Home saliva testing for COVID-19 -- through the Minnesota Department of Health and Vault Health -- is available to Beltrami County residents and I recently gave one a try.

Tests can also be requested from Red Lake Nation, along with Aitkin, Becker, Crow Wing, Itasca and Pine counties.

I received my results (negative, woo!) less than 24 hours after the test arrived back at the state's Oakdale, Minn., facility.

Here's a video walking you through the process:

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