North Dakota’s top health official resigns midpandemic; 2 more COVID-19 deaths reported

The person who oversees North Dakota’s Department of Health has resigned in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, with Gov. Doug Burgum naming her interim replacement within a matter of hours.


State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte submitted her resignation letter Wednesday, saying “I feel it is time for me to return to the private sector.” She did not expound on her reasoning or her plans, and when contacted by the Tribune said only that “it’s been a great opportunity to serve the State of North Dakota.”


She did not answer if Burgum had asked her to step down. Burgum, who appointed Tufte in February 2017, during an afternoon coronavirus briefing also would not directly answer the question.