By: Travers Mackel
Article courtesy of: WDSU News, Channel 6
NEW ORLEANS --It's a device that the developers say any restaurant, bar, business or government can use to keep people safe -- and it's built in Slidell.
The specialized sanitizing machines cost about $5,000 each and one state has already bought some for prisons.
Now some are looking to make these the norm in New Orleans.
At Nola Beans in Lakeview, the owner takes all COVID-19 safety precautions, but is looking to do more.
"At this day and age, I think we need to consider all options right now," said Brad Murret, Nola Beans owner.
So Murret is now considering buying these sanitizing stations.
The eight-foot-high machine can be placed at any doorway and sprays a sanitizing mist on anyone and everyone who walks through.
"If it can get easier and more streamlined for us, this is something that everyone should consider doing," Murret said.
"You have to make people feel safe," Dr. Dennis Tracey said.
Tracey owns the company, Tiger PPE, distributing the machines.
He says the sanitizing mist is safe and takes less than 10 seconds to administer to each person.
"This is common sense, now we are focused on protecting people as they come through your business," Tracey said.
The name -- Tiger PPE -- comes from Tracey's college days as a former LSU basketball player.
A point guard, he's hoping to lend an assist to the community to fight COVID-19.
"The state of Mississippi just purchased some from us, they were delivered in December and they tell us their numbers are already down in the facilities they have incorporated our devices in," Tracey said.
"You have that one entrance that people are forced through so if everyone is treated at the entrance they are clean," Murret said.
Tracey tells us at least one local private school in New Orleans is looking into buying a machine.
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