BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has announced another resignation by a top health officer in the midst of a worsening coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Burgum said Dr. Andrew Stahl notified him Tuesday that he would be stepping down at the end of the month to join a private practice in Bismarck.

Stahl took over as interim health officer in late May for Mylynn Tufte, who resigned without explanation.

In a statement, Stahl called the position “very challenging and rewarding.”  

Burgum says the state health officer “is probably the most challenging position in the state.”