The U.S. Embassy in my country is still currently closed. What options are available to me as a fall 2020 applicant?

We are following the status of U.S. embassy and consulate openings daily.  International students will have an option to take online courses this fall term from their home-country with the intent to take face-to-face courses in the spring term starting in January.  Applicants can also choose to defer their application to a future start date.